Late Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney & 4 parts of his legacy to remember
When Dan Rooney died on Thursday at the age of 84, the Hall of Fame longtime Steelers owner, chairman and former president left behind a long and deny dynasty of accomplishments inside and outside the game of football.
Many of these moments will be recalled and revered in the coming days as Pittsburgh and the Steelers bid their final respects to Rooney at his Monday viewing at Heinz Field and his funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
But Mike Tomlin, the first black head coach in Steelers history, Rooney said, wasn’t hired as a direct result of the rule. Pittsburgh interviewed then-Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera before meeting with Tomlin and picking the then-Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator.
They made up afterward, but as president of the team in 1987, Rooney dismissed his brother, Art Rooney Jr., as head of the Steelers’ personnel department. It worked, too, as Pittsburgh returned to contender status in the 90s under Bill Cowher.