Tomlin on the passing of Dan Rooney

Dan Rooney

WASHINGTON – MAY 21: U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) poses with Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney (C) and Head Coach Mike Tomlin (3rd R) during a picture with the 2009 NFL Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the East Room of the White House May 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty […]

The passing of Mr. Rooney is a difficult time, not just for myself, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization and the National Football League. But for everyone in the City of Pittsburgh and Steelers Nation.

 In 2007, Mr. Rooney afforded me the opportunity to lead the football team he helped guide throughout his life. For that, I am forever grateful and am honored to have done so.

 After every game, win or lose, Mr. Rooney would enter our locker room, look me in my eye and shake my hand along with every player who stepped foot on the field. He embodied professionalism and was a man who created a family-like atmosphere that will continue on. 

 Football examples only scratch the surface of how he impacted mine and the countless other lives he touched.

-Mike Tomlin

Steelers Football Coach

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