Dan Rooney Heads to Ireland: What It Means for the Steelers and the NFL

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Published: March 31, 2009

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... post of U.S. Ambassador to Ireland by President Obama.


While this is a significant achievement for a man who has experienced the high of multiple Super Bowl victories and earned the unconditional love of a working-man’s city, one must wonder, where does this new position for Mr. Rooney leave the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL?


A hands-on owner who walks to Heinz Field on game days, attends practices, flies on the team plane, and makes it a point to know players and their families on a personal level, Rooney’s time in Ireland will no doubt leave a gaping hole in the Steelers' organization once he takes flight over the Atlantic.


Day-to-day operations will undoubtedly run smoothly as Rooney’s son, Art Rooney II, will continue in his role as president.


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