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Dan Rooney arriving in Dallas on Wednesday

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The ice came to Dallas on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, the man who could help break the ice when it comes to the labor situation arrives in town.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that Steelers chairman Dan Rooney is expected to make his way to Texas from Ireland, where he serves as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

Reporters searched in vain for Dan Rooney, 78, at Media Day on Tuesday.

“I’m sure it was tiring because he flew back and forth from Ireland to America a number of times this year,” Dan Rooney’s son, Art Rooney, II, told Maske. “I’m glad the season is coming to an end for that reason.  He can maybe quit traveling so much and get some rest.”

Dan Rooney attended several regular-season games and both playoffs games.  Before the AFC title game Dan Rooney offered his perspective on the labor situation, a development that has been cheered by many fans as a sign that maybe Dan Rooney eventually will be able to persuade his colleagues to reach a true compromise.

Hopefully, Dan Rooney will offer up similar observations in the days before Super Bowl XLV.

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  1. thesixthcity says: Feb 2, 2011 1:02 PM

    As browns fan just die Dan. Nothing personal but I can’t take it anymore. The year after year of beating the browns obviously you’ve made a deal with the devil. And just stop with the Rooney rule. It’s so out dated and not to say pretty racist. Let’s bring in the “token” knowing full well we won’t hire him. But since we have to we’ll entertain him he’ll do a little soft shoe for us and we’ll call it a day. It’s 2011 coaches black, white, Hispanic are getting hired due to their skill not their skin color. Last time I looked Taco Bell doesn’t have a Jose DeJesus rule for their employees.

  2. maddog111 says: Feb 2, 2011 1:12 PM

    Dan Rooney attended several regular-season games and both playoffs games. Before the AFC title game Dan Rooney offered his perspective on the labor situation, a development that has been cheered by many fans as a sign that maybe Dan Rooney eventually will be able to persuade his colleagues to reach a true compromise.

    Hopefully, Dan Rooney will offer up similar observations in the days before Super Bowl XLV.
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    is this a drinking game or something? are we supposed to do a shot every time you type “Dan Rooney”? we’ll all be hammered in minutes.

  3. thirdngoal says: Feb 2, 2011 1:15 PM

    It’s a shame we couldn’t find someone like Dan Rooney to be the NFL commish that thinks more about the game,fans and players rather than what we have now. He IS a class act.

  4. ihateannouncers says: Feb 2, 2011 1:18 PM

    I hope he goes staight to Goodell and gets an explanation as to why he was openly discussing a Roethlisbergers’ personal conduct violation inverstigation with the media.

  5. Stiller43 says: Feb 2, 2011 1:32 PM

    thesixthcity says: Feb 2, 2011 1:02 PM

    As browns fan just die Dan. Nothing personal but I can’t take it anymore. The year after year of beating the browns obviously you’ve made a deal with the devil. And just stop with the Rooney rule. It’s so out dated and not to say pretty racist. Let’s bring in the “token” knowing full well we won’t hire him. But since we have to we’ll entertain him he’ll do a little soft shoe for us and we’ll call it a day. It’s 2011 coaches black, white, Hispanic are getting hired due to their skill not their skin color. Last time I looked Taco Bell doesn’t have a Jose DeJesus rule for their employees.

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    That’s idiotic on so many levels.

    1st – Telling someone to “just die” is personal any way you slice it.

    2nd – You don’t have to make a deal with the devil to consistently beat one of the worst run organizations in sports.

    3rd – Please explain how ensuring that minority candidates also get chances to have head coaching jobs is outdated. It seems relatively progressive, as minority candidates would/could have received much lower consideration in the past.

    4th – How is it racist to make sure people consider all options before hiring someone? It’s not saying you have to fill a quota of certain people like affirmative action (in which case racism certainly could be argued).

    Since some teams make a mockery of it and already have a candidate ready to hire before their minority interview, yes, in certain cases, the rule can prove ineffective. However, racist? I don’t see it.

    5th – …I think there’s nothing left to say about your Taco Bell comment that your clear higher intellect didn’t already say about yourself.

  6. babyben says: Feb 2, 2011 1:46 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I really could care less what any Browns fan has to say…hahaha

  7. steelernation1 says: Feb 2, 2011 1:52 PM

    thesixthcity you have no class.your post should have been removed just for saying what you said..Dan is one of the greatest owners in the history of football that cant be denied by anyone.

    i am sure Godhell will run and hide when he see’s dan coming.he should.the guy needs removed from office ,,he is totally ruining the game.to think he has to be dealt with till 2015.as far as the rooney rule why not?Tomlin is sure doing a hell of a job.Dungy was a good coach so why not?i am white and i see nothing wrong with that rule

  8. vadog says: Feb 2, 2011 2:05 PM

    I used to admire Dan Rooney. I think, in concept, the “Rooney Rule” for coaching hires is a good one. However, I have come to think of Dan Rooney as a hypocrite of the first order! His family has been one to proclaim that they act with integrity in their NFL dealings. If that is so, please explain to me how in the world Ben Roethlisberger is still playing with the Steelers? The Rooneys are frauds as are the Steelers.

  9. ArtModellsPimp says: Feb 2, 2011 2:12 PM

    Just what Dallas needs…another inbred football team owner running around the Metroplex…

  10. steelernation1 says: Feb 2, 2011 2:14 PM

    @vadog Ben getting to the super bowl wouldnt have anything to do with it?lol you foolish little boy

  11. steelersmichele says: Feb 2, 2011 2:19 PM

    thesixthcity says: As browns fan just die Dan.

    Wow. Wishing someone dead. That’s a new low, even for some PFT posters.

  12. giablommi says: Feb 2, 2011 2:31 PM

    “Steelers chairman Dan Rooney is expected to make his way to Texas from Ireland, where he serves as U.S. ambassador to Ireland….“I’m sure it was tiring because he flew back and forth from Ireland to America a number of times this year,”

    Dan Rooney attended several regular-season games and both playoffs games. ”
    ^^^^^
    I’m pretty sure I already know the answer, but was all this shuttling back and forth between Ireland and Pittsburgh on his own dime or is the U.S. taxpayer footing the bill?

  13. hobartbaker says: Feb 2, 2011 2:33 PM

    Dan and his boss Hillary are cooking up a “solution” to the problem. In a large bubbling cauldron. While they dance and cackle in delight around it.

  14. vadog says: Feb 2, 2011 2:49 PM

    To steelernation1

    The Super Bowl has nothing to do with it, except that there are many more Steeler related stories this week.

    No, I would call Rooney hypocritical if the Steelers were the last place team in the league!! Roethlisberger deserves to be in prison…period. The fact that he got off because of his celebrity gave the Rooneys the chance to step in and act with integrity. They didn’t. They are the fools.

  15. somesome says: Feb 2, 2011 2:54 PM

    woow, in that picture he looks just like Mr. Burns …

  16. mataug says: Feb 2, 2011 3:07 PM

    Mr Rooney, just don’t use my tax dollars for your trips to and from Ireland to watch your club. Knowing the kind of person you have been in the past, it is much more probably that you have been honest and do it at your own expense.

  17. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Feb 2, 2011 3:10 PM

    vadog, another simple southern boy who can’t actually read the facts, let alone interpret them.

  18. dexterismyhero says: Feb 2, 2011 3:13 PM

    @somesome says:
    Feb 2, 2011 2:54 PM
    woow, in that picture he looks just like Mr. Burns …
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    Excellent somesome!!!!

  19. Stiller43 says: Feb 2, 2011 3:33 PM

    vadog says: Feb 2, 2011 2:49 PM

    To steelernation1

    The Super Bowl has nothing to do with it, except that there are many more Steeler related stories this week.

    No, I would call Rooney hypocritical if the Steelers were the last place team in the league!! Roethlisberger deserves to be in prison…period. The fact that he got off because of his celebrity gave the Rooneys the chance to step in and act with integrity. They didn’t. They are the fools.

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    If anything, Roethlisberger was punished more for his celebrity. You think this no name D.A. (up for re-election) gets national TV exposure and gets to hold a huge press conference trying to nail Ben for a crime that he couldn’t prove happened if Ben was some Joe Schmoe off the street? He wanted badly to charge him with a crime and be that guy who took down the big bag celebrity so he’d be easily re-elected.

    It does look bad that the Rooney’s didn’t do much, but consider a couple things:

    – They awarded him with an 8 year, $100+ mil contract only a year or so before that, so cutting (or trading) him would have huge contractual downfalls.

    -He’s a 2 time superbowl winner, so cutting (or trading) him would hurt his own team for an unknown period of time. ~20 teams each year are searching for a QB better than their own who can win a SB, and giving one away would be almost insane.

    – The commissioner punished him for what he saw fit the crime or tarnishing the league’s image.

    – Ben was never charged with any wrongdoing (never even handcuffed).

    You can argue about semantics all you want, but if you can name me many owners who would have gotten rid of a 27 year old two time SB winning QB with a huge contract that hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing, then name them.

  20. vadog says: Feb 2, 2011 4:02 PM

    To Stiller43

    Thank you for your intelligent response. You make very valid points. And, truth be told, I can’t name any other owner that would have gotten rid of Roethlisberger. I also cannot name any other owner who has highlighted his own reputation for integrity more than Dan Rooney!

    I would also argue that the small community DA was “pressured” by his own community leaders, and the high priced representation that Roethlisberger brought on the scene. I think the Milledge, GA community saw a possible OJ Simpson like 3-Ring Circus and they wanted to avoid it all costs.

  21. thesixthcity says: Feb 2, 2011 4:17 PM

    @ stiller43.
    Dude obviously you have your stillernation agenda. But face it you’re a tool and making your post 100 lines long throwing big words around like you know either how to spell them or the definition doesn’t make you prolific. And for you to argue Tomlin or Dungy is idiotic. Both we’re hired before they even interviewed. Dungy damn near won a superbowl before he was run off. And Tomlin um let’s see won a superbowl. It didn’t matter if they were Black or Pink they were hired for their skill. Saying it’s outdated is true if Dan the man was so worried about civil rights in the NFL where was the Rooney Rule Prior to 2003. How many minority HC did he have….. Don’t worry I’ll wait. That’s what I thought he’s a hypocrite!

  22. steelernation1 says: Feb 2, 2011 5:22 PM

    @vadog he should be in prison?lmao you are dumber than i thought.u go to prison if you are charged and found guilty in court.none of that happened..you or anyone can find any proof that he did what that girl accused him of..she couldnt even keep her story straight let alone prove anything.your problem is you hate pittsburgh and this is your only reason you talk this way,just like the other steeler haters…

    only reason he was suspened is because he put himself in a cituation that is against the l;eagues conduct policy not because he was charged for anything

  23. Deb says: Feb 2, 2011 6:05 PM

    @vadog …

    Clearly you haven’t studied Roethlisberger’s case but have passed judgment on Ben, the Georgia authorities, and the Rooneys based only on salacious headlines. How psychic of you. :roll:

    My brother is a criminal defense attorney in Alabama, and we know someone who worked the Milledgeville investigation. I’m a writer who’s covered legal and medical issues for years, and spent months studying the material released in both Nevada and Georgia. Fred Bright is a long-serving and extremely competent DA who had a solid staff and the entire resources of Georgia behind him. He wasn’t some small-town Goober who couldn’t figure how to handle a celebrity. Realizing the scrutiny this case would generate, Bright actually went above and beyond in ensuring a thorough investigation. The case was not handled by locals but by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a nationally respected state agency. The lab work was done by the state crime lab.

    In Nevada, Ben had a one-night stand with a hotel worker several years older. She later texted people how much she wanted to see him again and obsessed over him so much to coworkers that, when he was scheduled to return, her bosses asked her to take paid leave to avoid awkwardness. She then sued Ben and several coworkers for $3 million, claiming she’d been raped. I downloaded her complaint, which I don’t think is still available. Her account of the “assault” conflicts with the time stamps and content of her texts, all of which have been filed with the court. Rather than settling, as most do, Roethlisberger countersued. The case is awaiting a higher-court ruling on jurisdiction.

    Multiple witnesses in at least three bars said the Georgia woman followed Roethlisberger from bar to bar, propositioning him, inviting him home, and engaging him in graphic sexual conversation. He declined the invitation to party with the sorority sisters, telling friends it was a lawsuit waiting to happen. Her sorority sister began jacking him up about the Nevada lawsuit and her personally ejected her from the party. Later, the accuser and Ben were alone in the bathroom less than 10 minutes. After she left the party, the ejected woman and another sorority sis dragged her to police and declared she’d been raped, while she denied even having sex. Those two sisters were the only witnesses who said the bodyguard blocked the door, which conflicted with the accuser’s own written statement. The medical exam showed the accuser did not have intercourse with anyone that evening.

    The DA later told the press he even have probable cause–the reasonable assumption a crime had occurred. He told Roethlisberger to grow up and said he hoped the sorority sisters had learned their lesson–not something veteral prosecutors say when rapists get off for lack of evidence.

    Since plenty of evidence surfaced that Roethlisberger was an ass, the Rooneys told Goodell and Ben that if the league didn’t suspend him, they would. Given their reputation, it might have been easier for them to ship him out. But they knew he wasn’t guilty of assault so they stood by him and gave him a chance to turn his life around–which they’ve done with others who showed the inclination to change. That’s an admirable quality.

    Next time, try fact-checking.

  24. Stiller43 says: Feb 2, 2011 6:14 PM

    thesixthcity says: Feb 2, 2011 4:17 PM

    @ stiller43.
    Dude obviously you have your stillernation agenda. But face it you’re a tool and making your post 100 lines long throwing big words around like you know either how to spell them or the definition doesn’t make you prolific. And for you to argue Tomlin or Dungy is idiotic. Both we’re hired before they even interviewed. Dungy damn near won a superbowl before he was run off. And Tomlin um let’s see won a superbowl. It didn’t matter if they were Black or Pink they were hired for their skill. Saying it’s outdated is true if Dan the man was so worried about civil rights in the NFL where was the Rooney Rule Prior to 2003. How many minority HC did he have….. Don’t worry I’ll wait. That’s what I thought he’s a hypocrite!

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    Yeah, you’re right…next time, I’ll try not to use such big words as…”personal” …or “consistently,” …or maybe it’s “candidate” you have the problem with…no? Was it “progressive?”…How about “minority?” Yeah, next time I’ll leave all of those huge S.A.T. words out of my post for you.

    And I don’t recall ever arguing anything to do with Tomlin or Dungy, but thanks. If you re-read my post, all it says is the Rooney rule helps give minority coaches more exposure in the NFL, and simply exposure, without the requirement of a quota, isn’t racist.

    And since you brought it up, Coach Whisenhunt (now in AZ, still following?) was widely considered the favorite for the head coaching job of the Steelers, and it was even reported he was hired…before “Dan the Man” interviewed the minority candidate and made a great hire with Coach Tomlin.

    And also since you brought it up, 1/3 of the Steeler’s coaches since 1969 have been black. You want to sit there and say Rooney didn’t hire any minorities for all this time, Tomlin’s our third coach since the 60’s…they didn’t exactly have a need for a new HC.

    I hope you made your way through all the confusing big words in my post, thesixthcity.

  25. qb19 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:58 PM

    I hear Danny Boy is thinking of refunding all Steeler Season Ticket Holders for the two home pre-season tickets they paid full price for. He thinks it is the least he can do since he’s opposed to the proposed 18 game schedule.

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