Steelers chairman Rooney to be honored with Jackie Robinson Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award
March 1, 2016 11:23 AM
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Dan Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Steelers chairman Dan Rooney will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation at its annual awards dinner in New York City on Monday.
The award will be given to Rooney for the difference he has made in the NFL and sports and as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-2012, according to the Steelers.
Thomas Tull, the CEO of Legendary Pictures and a partner in the Steelers ownership group, will present the award to Rooney.
“Jackie Robinson was really a leader,’’ Rooney told Steelers.com. “All of the abuse he had to take when he first came into the league. He was a great guy, a great person, and knew what he was doing. The game meant so much to him. We talk about the Rooney Rule and what that did was give hope. He came in the league and did so well that he gave guys on their way up hope, that they could make it. It’s great to be honored by his foundation, especially when you see all the amazing things he did.”
Rooney, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, pushed for the NFL to adopt a rule that requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for any head coach opening. It is widely recognized as the Rooney Rule.
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