Raiders owner Mark Davis, other National Football League reaction on passing of Dan Rooney

A Steelers spokesman confirmed that Rooney died Thursday.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dan Rooney. You looked at me as more than just another jersey number. - Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. "No one in the National Football League provided me more friendship and counsel over the past 25 years than Dan, and I will always cherish our time together". He shaped the league with instincts, wisdom and a soft-spoken velvet touch. - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Penguins president/CEO David Morehouse and team owner Mario Lemieux both issued statements on Rooney's passing on Thursday. "I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Patricia, their children, and all of the Rooney family that God grant Dan eternal rest". Clark Hunt, the Kansas City Chiefs owner, was one of those expressing their own condolences to the family and honoring the career work and legacy of Rooney and his family. Mr. Rooney was a champion and a true Pittsburgh icon. - New York Giants President and CEO John Mara. That's the kind of respect he commanded from our group. Among his contributions to the league was the Rooney Rule, which required NFL teams to interview minority candidates for coaching and front-office positions. Everything he did was done with class, dignity and humility.

  • Larry Hoffman