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Old 03-25-2009, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default Dan Rooney says goodbye to the NFL

Dan Rooney bids NFL owners farewell

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Dan Rooney said goodbye to the National Football League this week as he prepares to become a U.S. ambassador.

He has resigned from all the committees he chaired and worked on. He stood up before his fellow team owners and bade them farewell in his typical low-key manner Monday, and the process has become emotional for him and his friends in the league.

"I find it hard to internalize that he's going off," said Mike Brown, owner of the Cincinnati Bengals. "As long as I can remember, he's been around here and he's been a very important contributor and it's coming to an end. Everything does, but it's difficult sometimes when that happens."

Rooney spoke Monday at the NFL's privileged session that included only the principal owners of each team.

"There was a bunch of us sitting around and talking and Dan sort of said goodbye to all of us," said Bill Bidwill, owner of the Arizona Cardinals, whose family long has been friendly with the Rooneys. "I'm sorry to see him go, but that's the way it's coming down."

Rooney, not an overly sentimental sort, has been trying to maintain that reputation.
"I'm trying to prevent it from not becoming emotional," he said yesterday. "It's really the separation. These guys have been good friends of mine. But it's the way life is, move on to a new challenge."

His new challenge will be as ambassador to Ireland once his appointment by President Barack Obama is approved by the U.S. Senate. Coincidentally, the country's most recent ambassador to Germany traded seats of sort with Rooney and offered some insight into what he can expect.

As part of the separation process, Rooney resigned this week as chairman of the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame committee. He also gave up his seat on the Hall of Fame's board of trustees, a seat he held for years and one his father, Art Rooney Sr., had held before him.
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Dan Rooney's son, Art, assumed the Steelers' presidency from his father in 2002 and has taken on many of those chores and those in the league. But Dan has been such an influence throughout the league and a presence that it's difficult for some to see him go.

"He's been one of the very important owners in this league for a long time," Cincinnati's Brown said. "His franchise has been at the top more than anybody else's. If you accomplish that, you have won the race, and during his time in this league, he has won the race.

"Beyond that, he's been instrumental in the way the league has operated over the years. He's been a huge force in the labor dealings the league has had, and in other areas as well."

Joe Horrigan, a Hall of Fame vice president, called Rooney "our champion."

"He speaks to the owners and they believe what he says," Horrigan said. "He brings that legacy feeling of importance of preserving the heritage of the game. It's a sincere thing on his behalf and to us it's an essential ingredient."

http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com.../958069-66.stm

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He wants to be a politician now..... let him. It's best if he's not divided on his attention to detail at whatever he is working on. Time for ARII to fill that he can start really flexing his wings and muscles.
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I wish Mr. Rooney the best. He will be sorely missed as those were posts that he held with high regard for a long period of time. The league I'm sure will miss his solid input.

A sad time for the league and the Steelers, but have joy in the fact that he is pursuing a career that obviously means very much to him.
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I wish him the best....but why in the world..at his age would he want to do that.
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almost sounds like the 'ol chap was the glue that held together the league (atleast amongst the old guard owners).

yesterday was interresting.

the league approved all the new buyers of the steelers (a desperation move made to keep the steelers as rooney owned in name only).

the league also announced 3 new anti-steeler rules to go along with the mel blount rule, to punish any team that plays smashmouth, tough football-

the hines ward rule
the ryan clark rule
and one affectionately called the tom brady rule (which might as well be called the von oelhoffen rule).

and finally dan rooney quits the nfl. what a day! how ironic it was dan who ushered in goodell, who has worked so hard to usher him out.

goodells definition of "parity" in the league means the (new guard) patriots winning as many superbowls as the top teams.

somehow i get the feeling now that dan is gone roger dodger will let the new guard owners play for a few years w/o a cap to try and "even things up".
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Bummer, but best of luck to Mr. Rooney!
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I wish Mr. Rooney the best.

Now I know where 2 find him, I just might send him a towel 4 his signature. :D
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I wish him the best....but why in the world..at his age would he want to do that.
Maybe, despite his love for his father's business, he always had secret dreams of something for himself? Did you ever have a dream that maybe you gave up on because of a family business, or expectations of others? He's not getting any younger. This might have been the chance to reach out and grab at a dream. I wish I had his courage to do that.

Hats off to him!
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Best of luck to Mr.Rooney
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That jerk Obama took him from us! (kidding, kidding)

Good luck to Mr. Rooney, hopefully the league doesn't implode in his absence.
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