Rooney planning to stay ambassador, stay out of NFL talks

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Dan Rooney said today he will probably remain in his job as U.S ambassador to Ireland for another year.

Rooney was appointed to his post two years ago by President Barack Obama. Mr. Rooney, the chairman emeritus of the Steelers, had campaigned in Western Pennsylvania for Obama's 2008 election.

Asked if he might campaign for Mr. Obama in 2012 if he steps down as Irish ambassador, Mr. Rooney said "maybe," then quickly added, "I'm not allowed to say that nor is he."

Mr. Rooney and his wife Patricia have been in Pittsburgh for a week and will return to Dublin after another week's stay. Mr. Rooney had surgery last month on his back. He attended the unveiling of the Steelers highlights film for the 2010 season today.

He also said he has no plans to get involved in the current NFL labor issues. Mr. Rooney helped settle NFL strikes in 1982 and 1987. His son Art, the Steelers' president, has taken his place on the owners' executive committee.

"Art's involved," Dan Rooney said. "He knows what he's doing."

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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