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Dan Rooney
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United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
July 3, 2009 – December 14, 2012
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Thomas C. Foley
Succeeded by Kevin O'Malley
Personal details
Born
Daniel Milton Rooney

(1932-07-20)July 20, 1932
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died April 13, 2017(2017-04-13) (aged 84)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Patricia Reagan (m. 1952–2017)
Children 9, including Art Rooney II
Parents Art Rooney
Kathleen McNulty
Relatives Rooney family
Kate Mara (grandniece)
Rooney Mara (grandniece)
Alma mater Duquesne University
Awards CBE (honorary)
Dan Rooney
President/Owner
Personal information
Career information
College: Duquesne
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As executive:
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1969–1970)
    General manager
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1975–2002)
    President
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1988–2016)
    Owner
Career highlights and awards
  • 6× Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV, XL, XLIII)
  • 8× AFC Champion (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2008, 2010)
  • 2011 Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Daniel Milton Rooney (July 20, 1932 – April 13, 2017) was an American politician and sports executive.

He was the former United States Ambassador to Ireland, who served from July 3, 2009 until his resignation in 2012. He was chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team in the National Football League (NFL).

Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 for his contributions to the game. He was 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 was also co-founder of the Ireland-related fundraising organization The Ireland Funds.

Rooney died at the age of 84 on April 13, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



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