Roger Goodell credits Dan Rooney for his significant contributions to the NFL

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Despite owning the Steelers, Dan Rooney cared about the NFL nearly as much, if not as much, as he cared about his team. Because of that, Dan Rooney became a key figure in the growth of the league into the dominant sport on the American landscape.

“Few men have contributed as much to the National Football League as Dan Rooney,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement issued Thursday, following the passing of Mr. Rooney. “A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it was a privilege to work alongside him for so many years.  Dan’s dedication to the game, to the players and coaches, to his beloved Pittsburgh, and to Steelers fans everywhere was unparalleled.

“He was a role model and trusted colleague to commissioners since Bert Bell, countless NFL owners, and so many others in and out of the NFL. A voice of reason on a wide range of topics, including diversity and labor relations, Dan always had the league’s best interests at heart.  For my part, Dan’s friendship and counsel were both inspiring and irreplaceable.  My heart goes out to Patricia, Art, and the entire Rooney family on the loss of this extraordinary man.”

An extraordinary man from an extraordinary family that has owned the Steelers from the moment the franchise was founded, and that by all appearances will continue to own the team for many more years and decades into the future.

3 responses to “Roger Goodell credits Dan Rooney for his significant contributions to the NFL

  1. goodell is the only person on earth that could make me not like Rooney

    If he likes someone it makes me not want to like them – and I really like Rooney

  2. And I credit Goodell for severely hurting the League that owners like Rooney, Davis, and many of the other great ones of the 60s, 70s, and 80s worked so hard to build.

  3. As fans we toss smack at each other’s teams but no fan of the NFL should ever fail to give props to the Rooney and Mara families. Our teams play in the league they built and that on occasion Wellington Mara and Art and Dan Rooney sometimes kept afloat out of their own pockets and made profitable at their own expense. That said, Roger Goodell has done more to sully the good name of what they helped build and shouldn’t even be allowed to speak their names.

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