Dan Rooney

American football executive/owner, philanthropist and diplomat (1932-2017)

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

Dan Rooney
United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
July 3, 2009 – December 14, 2012[1]
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byThomas C. Foley
Succeeded byKevin O'Malley
Personal details
Daniel Milton Rooney

(1932-07-20)July 20, 1932
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedApril 13, 2017(2017-04-13) (aged 84)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Patricia Reagan (m. 1952–2017)
Children9, including Art Rooney II
ParentsArt Rooney
Kathleen McNulty
RelativesRooney family
Kate Mara (grandniece)
Rooney Mara (grandniece)
Alma materDuquesne University
AwardsCBE (honorary)

Football career
Career information
High school:Cranberry (PA) North Catholic
Career history
As executive:
Career highlights and awards

He was the former United States Ambassador to Ireland, who served from July 3, 2009 until his resignation in 2012. He was chairman[2] of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team in the National Football League (NFL).[3]

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.[4]


  1. "Ambassador Dan Rooney Resigns | Embassy of the United States Dublin, Ireland". Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  2. "Dan Rooney returns as Steelers' chairman". UPI.
  3. Rhee, Foon (March 17, 2009). "Obama nominates Dan Rooney as Irish ambassador". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  4. "Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84". ESPN.com. April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.

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