Dan Rooney
American football executive and owner, philanthropist. diplomat
Dan Rooney
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.
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New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson Tapped As U.K. Ambassador
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Can Romney be the face of Trump's foreign policy?
Fox News - 3 months
Panel debates the concerns
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J.J. Abrams Is Doing Something Real About #OscarsSoWhite
Huffington Post - 12 months
Star Wars director J.J. Abrams isn’t just talking about the overwhelming whiteness of the entertainment industry, he’s doing something about changing it. Inspired by this year’s #OscarsSoWhite movement, the 49-year-old producer will now require casting agents who work with his production company to seek out women and minority actors for roles in his projects, Abrams said on Tuesday, speaking at the New York Times' New Work Summit conference.  “The Oscar controversy was sort of a wakeup call to us," he said. "People were saying it’s so great you guys made Star Wars and you had a representative cast. But we realized it has to be a systemic approach.” Abrams, who also produced the latest Star Trek movies, isn’t just talking about finding a few token actors: he’s directed the casting agency that works with his production agency, Bad Robot, to send him lists of people -- writers, producers, directors -- who are proportionally representative to the U.S. population. "Any ...
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Folds of Honor: 10,000 Scholarships and Counting
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization founded by Major Dan Rooney of the U.S. Air Force, provides educational opportunities via scholarships to the families of fallen and wounded American soldiers.
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Steelers laud Polamalu for 'legendary' career
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
(Reuters) - Troy Polamalu's decision to retire from the NFL was confirmed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday and the team called the future Hall of Fame safety one of the best players ever to wear the black and gold. "We've been fortunate to have great players throughout the years, but he of course would be one of the top players," Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement. "He did everything with dignity and responsibility, and it was special to have Troy be a Steeler his entire career." Polamalu, who turns 34 this month, was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft and blossomed into one of the best safeties of his generation, playing a key role in Pittsburgh's two Super Bowl wins during his tenure. It was awesome." Polamalu, who was born in the United States but is of Samoan descent, retires after 12 seasons with the Steelers in which the eight-time Pro Bowl safety established himself as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
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Offensive Lines: How Bad Is Your NFL Team's Owner?
Mother Jones - over 3 years
<!-- ad_code('rightbottomros', 170); //--> Advertise on MotherJones.com Some were born in the red zone, inheriting teams from their wealthy families. Some are lifetime businessmen who bought a franchise as a midlife vanity project. One is married to a Walmart heiress. Yet on the whole, NFL owners have one thing in common: their relative anonymity. That's because, for years, they've had a hired hand to do their dirty work: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has kept busy negotiating a contract that reduces players' cut of the pie, locking out unionized referees, and fighting the fallout of a $765 million concussion lawsuit. The owners who pay Goodell's $29-million-plus salary were rewarded last year with $9.5 billion in revenue. Here's your chance to take your eyes off Goodell for a sec, and look at the public-financing hogs and brain-trauma deniers occupying luxury suites across America. In the vein of Major League Assholes, we took a stab at matrix-ifying NFL own ...
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4 from sports who have impacted me: Ernie Harwell, Kirk Cousins, Barry Sanders, Dan Rooney
mlive.com - over 3 years
I get asked all of the time about the “best” people connected to sports I’ve interviewed or met in my 21 years of doing “The Huge Show."
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Can Romney help Republicans win in 2014?
Yahoo News - over 3 years
The defeated GOP presidential candidate is gingerly stepping back into the limelight
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Black Ex-Coaches: NFL Rooney Rule Is Broken
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW ORLEANS -- Three black former NFL head coaches say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after 15 top vacancies – eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions – were all filled by white candidates since the regular season ended a month ago. "I know the concept is good and something we need to do," said Tony Dungy, who was with the Indianapolis Colts during the 2006 season when he became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl. "Obviously, it's not working the way it should." The Rooney Rule, implemented in 2003, was named for Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who steadfastly pushed the league to require every team to interview at least one minority candidate every time there is a coaching or general manager opening. Before the rule went into effect, the NFL had had only six minority head coaches in more than 80 years. Since it has been in place, 12 have been hired. But none were hired this year ...
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On Election Day, Romney's Killer Whale 'App' Couldn't Stay Afloat
NPR - over 4 years
Volunteers say the campaign's high-tech get-out-the-vote effort, called Project ORCA, was plagued by logistical problems and a broken app that failed when they needed it most — on Election Day. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Romney: We're "one day away" from victory
CBS News - over 4 years
A day before Election Day, Romney is campaigning in four crucial swing states that he had hoped would be more firmly tilting his way by now
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Obama urges voters to take 'revenge' on Election Day, Romney team rips 'terrible' message
Fox News - over 4 years
ETNA, Ohio -- The Romney campaign ripped President Obama after the president suggested Friday that supporters take "revenge" by voting against the Republican nominee. During a speech in Springfield, Ohio, Obama talked about the Clinton administration and its economic plan that "asked the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more." Then he
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The Wackiest 2012 Election Predictions
ABC News - over 4 years
As Election Day approaches, candidates, campaign staffers, supporters and journalists alike attempt to foresee the future.Will Obama win the women's vote? Can Romney hold on to the edge he got in the first presidential debate? Some say they have the answers to these questions.
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Romney Hits Obama for 'Weakness,' As Obama Says 'Louder' Won't Work
Fox News - over 4 years
In last presidential debate before Election Day, Romney says Obama hasn't done enough to weaken Al Qaeda, while Obama accuses Romney of not having clear positions on the world stage. TRANSCRIPT| VIDEOS | PREDICT THE ELECTION | CANDIDATE TRACKER | FOLLOW @FOXNEWS ON TWITTER 'Annex' Hit in Libya Attack Was CIA Post, Officials Say | GOP Questions Obama on Avoiding Mandatory Spending Cuts FBN SPECIAL REPORT: Did Biden Brother Benefit From VP Ties That Bind? | Dictators Praise Obama GOP Brings Back Obama 'Bitter' Small-Town Americans Comment | Schieffer Makes 'Obama bin Laden' Gaffe Colbert May Be PAC-ing a $776G 'October Surprise' | OPINION: Zingers Were Obama's, As Romney Took Higher Road
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Ex-Steelers doctor accused of prescribing illegal steroids
Fox News - over 4 years
A former Pittsburgh Steelers doctor who left the team after investigators questioned his bulk purchase of anabolic steroids has been indicted for illegally prescribing the muscle-building aids and other drugs. Federal authorities don't list the team or its players as having gotten the substances from Dr. Richard Rydze, who was charged in a 185-count indictment with conspiracy to illegally distribute steroids, human growth hormone and painkillers including oxycodone. The 62-year-old physician also is charged with health care fraud. Authorities said he falsely diagnosed more than 90 patients with pituitary dwarfism so they could receive human growth hormones and drugs meant to counteract the side-effects of steroid use. The FBI contends the patients were normal-sized adults who didn't need such substances. Online court records don't list an attorney for Rydze, who was arrested and was to remain in custody at least until he appeared before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh on Fr ...
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Hofstra debate will showcase listening skills
CBS News - over 4 years
Obama and Romney can argue with each other, but are they good listeners? Can Romney boost his ratings among women?
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Ghitis: Can Romney and Obama tell the truth -- and win?
CNN - over 4 years
Frida Ghitis says voters demand perfect odds and simple solutions -- and politicians oblige.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dan Rooney
  • 2014
    Age 81
    He would eventually be replaced in June 2014 by Kevin O'Malley.
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  • 2012
    Age 79
    On December 14, 2012, he resigned as US Ambassador to Ireland and returned to Pittsburgh.
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  • 2011
    Age 78
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, in a prepared statement released after that interview was published Rooney stated, "I was asked what I could do to help Obama in the next election and I responded that the best thing I could do would be to help him campaign. Were I to do so, it would require my resignation as ambassador to Ireland. However, I am very pleased with my accomplishments to date and I intend to continue to carry out my duties."
  • 2009
    Age 76
    However a March 18, 2009 story in the USA Today, stated that Rooney was awarded the position of ambassador, by Obama, for being "a loyal supporter who campaigned on his behalf in a key battleground state."
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Rooney gave $30,000 to a Democratic Party committee that aided Obama's campaign, according to CQ MoneyLine, a non-partisan group that tracks political contributions. According to David Lewis, a Vanderbilt University political scientist and the author of The Politics of Presidential Appointments, "giving coveted ambassadorships to political supporters is a relatively low-risk way for presidents to repay campaign debts." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton swore him in as the new ambassador to Ireland on July 1, 2009. Ambassador Rooney presented his credentials to Irish President Mary McAleese on July 3, before making his first official speaking engagement at lunch hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland.
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 75
    On July 7, 2008, Dan and his son, team president Art Rooney II, announced that they were seeking to buy out Dan Rooney's brothers' shares in the team.
    More Details Hide Details The team initially said that some of Rooney's four brothers want to "get out of the NFL and focus their business efforts on their racetracks and other interests." This was report in The Wall Street Journal's Web site that the Steelers have "been secretly shopped to potential buyers amid continuing divisions among the five sons of the team's founder, Art Rooney Sr." This forced the Steelers to announce that prolonged, ongoing negotiations were under way concerning the "restructuring" of ownership, which could result in the sale of the franchise or a consolidation of control within the Rooney family. Discussions have supposedly been taking place for two years. The team said that chairman Dan Rooney and his son, president Art Rooney II, are trying to buy Dan's brothers' shares in order to "ensure compliance with NFL ownership policies." Dan and Art Rooney II, reportedly control 16% of the Steelers' shares but conduct most of the team's operations. Together, the Rooneys hold 80% of the company. The other 20% is owned by the McGinley Family, who are first cousins of the Rooneys.
    On March 19, 2008; Rooney released wide receiver Cedrick Wilson from the Steelers, after he was arrested for punching his former girlfriend.
    More Details Hide Details However earlier that month, on March 8, Rooney failed to offer any type of discipline to linebacker James Harrison for slapping his girlfriend. When asked about the incident involving Wilson, Rooney stated that "the Steelers do not condone violence of any kind, especially against women,". However he was then confronted about this by Ed Bouchette and Michael A. Fuoco of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who asked why Harrison was not punished for committing the same crime. Rooney said that the cases were different and stated that "I know many are asking the question of why we released Wilson and Harrison we kept. The circumstances—I know of the incidents, they are completely different. In fact, when I say we don't condone these things, we don't, but we do have to look at the circumstances that are involved with other players and things like that, so they're not all the same. What Jimmy Harrison was doing and how the incident occurred, what he was trying to do was really well worth it. He was doing something that was good, wanted to take his son to get baptized where he lived and things like that. She said she didn't want to do it."
  • 2002
    Age 69
    He was named to the PoliticsPA list of "Sy Snyder's Power 50" list of influential individuals in Pennsylvania politics in 2002.
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  • 2000
    Age 67
    Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 for his contributions to the game.
    More Details Hide Details He is credited with spearheading a requirement that NFL teams with head coach and general manager vacancies interview at least one minority candidate, which has become known as the "Rooney Rule". Rooney is also co-founder of the Ireland-related fundraising organization The Ireland Funds. Rooney was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Kathleen (née McNulty) and Pittsburgh Steelers' owner Art Rooney. In the Steelers organization, Rooney has been involved in every aspect of the franchise since he was a young boy, often assisting his father at Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field. He grew up in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh and attended North Catholic High School where he excelled as the team's quarterback. He was also the coach for the St. Peter's Elementary school football team, which was quarterbacked by future CIA Director and lifelong friend Michael Hayden. Rooney was mentored by Fran Fogerty, Joe Carr, and Ed Kiely. These men assisted in teaching Dan the business of football. After being mentored and graduating from Duquesne University he knew football was what he wanted to pursue. He then met his future wife in the office of the Steelers where she was currently working. The couple got married soon after.
  • 1993
    Age 60
    He is also one of the main architects of the salary cap, which was implemented in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details He surprised many with his public endorsement of Barack Obama for president. The family had traditionally been very private on politics, even being rumored to have a Republican bent. Rooney responded to his public endorsement with: "When I think of Barack Obama’s America I have great hope. I support his candidacy and look forward to his Presidency." Rooney is the benefactor of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and Vice-Chairman of The American Ireland Fund. He is also a Founding Chairman of The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. In 2008, Rooney became an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. In 2009 he won the 2009 Jack Horrigan Memorial Award, presented by the Professional Football Writers of America to a professional football official or player "for his or her professionalism in helping football writers do their job".
  • 1987
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The brothers likely would not have retained Goldman Sachs if they felt they could soon work out a deal with Dan Rooney. The move also reflected on their fears that selling to Dan Rooney, coupled with the ensuing taxes, could leave their children and grandchildren with far less money than their shares are worth. If any of the brothers were to die in the near future without a change in ownership, their heirs would face estate taxes of up to 45% of the shares' value. Dan has been working with Morgan Stanley and PNC Financial Services to attempt to bring in additional investors who might prop up his buyout attempt. However Duquesne Capital Management chairman Stanley Druckenmiller apparently is interested in acquiring the team, according to the Wall Street Journal story. The Associated Press reported on July 8, 2008 that a deal could be reached within days to sell a majority interest in the Steelers to Druckenmiller, taking control of the franchise away from the Rooney family. However Dan Rooney, stopped short of guaranteeing that he and his son, would be able to stay at the helm of a team. He hinted that "many people," not just Druckenmiller, might be interested in the NFL franchise.
  • 1982
    Age 49
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure, he has implemented a philosophy and management style that emphasizes open, practical and efficient management. The results have been obvious: since 1972, the Steelers have won 15 division championships, 8 AFC Championships, and an NFL record 6 Super Bowl Championships. Rooney became the patriarch and controlling owner of the team in 1988, following the death of his father. In 2003, Rooney followed in his father's footsteps by slowly ceding day-to-day operations of the franchise to the next generation of the family. Although still chairman and to many fans the public face of the team, his son Art Rooney II has now assumed full operational control of the Steelers. Dan Rooney is a graduate of Duquesne University, majoring in accounting. He has been involved with the Steelers since 1960, originally working as director of personnel. While Rooney has generally avoided the spotlight, he has been a very active owner behind the scenes.
  • 1969
    Age 36
    By early 1969 Rooney was managing the day-to-day operations of the team and personally selected the coaching hire of Chuck Noll.
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  • 1932
    Born on July 20, 1932.
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