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Crushzilla
03-08-2009, 10:09 PM
Has this been posted? :jawdrop:

American Football boss Dan Rooney to be next US ambassador
Ali Bracken

Irish-American businessman and owner of the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers football team Dan Rooney is expected to be named as US ambassador to Ireland within weeks.

Rooney (76) will succeed Thomas C Foley, who recently returned home to the US. Rooney is a co-founder of the Ireland Fund charity with Sir Anthony O'Reilly. When asked by US media recently about whether he would be interested in the job, he said: "I have the credentials, there's no doubt about that."

The Rooney family roots are in Newry, Co Down, and he is a frequent visitor to Ireland. He was an early supporter and campaigner for Barack Obama and presented the president with the game ball following the AFC championship game in January.

Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle has said he believes Rooney would be a great choice of US envoy to Ireland. "I can't think of a finer ambassador for the United States to Ireland than Dan Rooney. Between the work they've done with the Ireland Institute and Rooney's involvement with work in peace and reconciliation..." Doyle said.

Rooney, an avid flyer, has been credited with widely contributing to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. He received an honorary Commander of the British Empire by the Queen for his role in the Northern peace process. He also created the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1976, an annual award for Irish writers under 40 years old.

A spokeswoman for the department of foreign affairs said it had not been informed who would be taking over as US ambassador to Ireland. President Barack Obama will appoint the chosen candidate. "It's a matter for the US administration to make the announcement. We look forward to working with the new ambassador."

Rooney is the son of Pittsburgh Steelers founder and former owner Art Rooney. The team recently won the Superbowl. He was appointed team president in 1975 and was given a great deal of power by his father. During his tenure, he has implemented a philosophy and management style that emphasises open, practical and efficient management. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 for his success as an owner.

He is also credited for coming up with the "Rooney Rule," which requires NFL teams with head coaching and general manager vacancies to interview at least one minority candidate.

February 22, 2009

http://www.tribune.ie/news/article/2009/feb/22/american-football-boss-dan-rooney-to-be-next-us-am/

fansince'76
03-08-2009, 10:11 PM
I'd heard buzzing about this being a possibility a month or two ago, but I didn't know it had gone that far.

CPanther95
03-09-2009, 06:41 AM
He's been at the top of the list since Obama's election. Traditionally, they name the position on St. Patrick's Day.

XxKnightxX
03-09-2009, 09:16 AM
Thats very nice and a hell of an accompiishment, but does that mean hes going to be into politics and getting away from the Steelers FO moves?

Steelers> Politics :-D

SteelersMongol
03-09-2009, 09:41 AM
Ireland is so lucky. :wink02:

Michael Keller
03-09-2009, 09:48 AM
I am sorry but if this is really true it explains his endorsement of Oboma and his expressing of gratitude to Oboma when he accepted the Super Bowl trophy on February. Wow this is very disturbing to me.

Godfather
03-09-2009, 09:52 AM
Thats very nice and a hell of an accompiishment, but does that mean hes going to be into politics and getting away from the Steelers FO moves?

Steelers> Politics :-D

I think Art II is doing most of that work now.

This would be great for the Steelers. Hopefully we'll pick up more fans in Ireland. :tt02:

XxKnightxX
03-09-2009, 09:56 AM
I think Art II is doing most of that work now.

This would be great for the Steelers. Hopefully we'll pick up more fans in Ireland. :tt02:

Yeah and maybe theyll have a Steelers AWAY game to be held in Ireland, haha I can imagine how many people will travel there, I bet the Brittish Steeler fans will make the trip haha.

iceman000123
03-09-2009, 10:02 AM
Yeah and maybe theyll have a Steelers AWAY game to be held in Ireland, haha I can imagine how many people will travel there, I bet the Brittish Steeler fans will make the trip haha.

Steelers fans
today Ireland
Tomorrow the WORLD

Godfather
03-09-2009, 10:39 AM
Yeah and maybe theyll have a Steelers AWAY game to be held in Ireland, haha I can imagine how many people will travel there, I bet the Brittish Steeler fans will make the trip haha.

Hehe...true. If the salary cap goes away we 're going to need to build up an international fan base to compete with Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder. We need to get Ireland and South Korea on board as soon as possible.

fansince'76
03-09-2009, 11:04 AM
I would hope he wouldn't accept this position, only because the negotiations for a new CBA are coming sooner or later and I'd rather have him involved in that as his word and presence carry a bit more weight than Art II's (I would think), but we'll see. I'm sure with Goodell involved it's probably going to wind up being a giant cluster**** either way.

SteelersLUFC
03-09-2009, 11:54 AM
would profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfiltering love it if he was made ambassador to Ireland living there meself

he worked in the peace process didnt he