Penguins To Honor Dan Rooney Friday Night With Helmet Decal

While a majority of the league attempts to cope with the loss of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, the Los Angeles Chargers issued a heart-warming statement to honor the NFL legend on Thursday. Pittsburgh has won six Super Bowl titles under the family's leadership.

Mr Rooney, whose family is originally from Newry, was appointed as US Ambassador in 2009 by then US President Barack Obama. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with Patricia, Art, the Rooney family and the entire Steelers organization.

Rooney is also credited for helping instate the NFL's "Rooney Rule", which stipulates teams must interview at least one minority candidate for general manager and head coaching vacancies. "Everybody loves Dan Rooney", said Alex Porco.

"My heart is heavy today as the passing of Dan Rooney leaves a void that can never be filled", Richardson said in a statement.

Penguins' owner Mario Lemieux called him, "an awesome man who made such tremendous contributions to the National Football League, the City of Pittsburgh and the people of our community". I have known Dan for more than 50 years from the time I was a priest in Pittsburgh.

Considered one of the most inspirational and influential executives in the NFL, Rooney was widely respected and appreciated even beyond the boundaries of football.

  • Julie Sanders