Dan Rooney

Football Executive and Owner + Philanthropist. Diplomat
Born Jul 20, 1932

Daniel Milton "Dan" Rooney, is the United States Ambassador to Ireland. He is chairman emeritus of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team in the National Football League (NFL), which was founded by his father, Art Rooney. Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 for his contributions to the game.… Read More

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1932 Birth Born on July 20, 1932.


1969 36 Years Old By early 1969 Rooney was managing the day-to-day operations of the team and personally selected the coaching hire of Chuck Noll.


1975 42 Years Old He was appointed team president in 1975 and was officially given full operational control of the franchise by his father who remained Chairman and President Emeritus, as well as the public face of the franchise until his death in 1988. … Read More
1982 49 Years Old Rooney helped lead the negotiations of the collective bargaining agreement of 1982, and is largely credited both by owners and players of having ended a strike that lasted half of the season.


1987 54 Years Old …  Also the brother who may determine if the majority of the team remains in the Rooney family is Art Rooney Jr., a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee for his drafting skills who was fired by Dan Rooney in 1987. … Read More


1993 - 2000 2 More Events
2002 69 Years Old He was named to the PoliticsPA list of "Sy Snyder's Power 50" list of influential individuals in Pennsylvania politics in 2002.
2008 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 19, 2008; Rooney released wide receiver Cedrick Wilson from the Steelers, after he was arrested for punching his former girlfriend. … Read More
2009 77 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 17, 2009, President Obama announced he had nominated Rooney to become the next US ambassador to Ireland, citing the owner's longstanding support for Irish-American charitable causes.
2011 79 Years Old In an interview with The Irish Times in April 2011 Rooney mentioned that he would consider resigning his ambassadorship in order to campaign for Obama's re-election. … Read More
2012 80 Years Old On December 14, 2012, he resigned as US Ambassador to Ireland and returned to Pittsburgh.
2014 82 Years Old He would eventually be replaced in June 2014 by Kevin O'Malley.
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