Dan Rooney ready to get back to work with Steelers
December 17, 2012 2:00 AM
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press
Dan Rooney, who stepped down Friday as Ambassador to Ireland, said he is ready to get back to work with the Steelers immediately.
By Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
ARLINGTON, TX. -- Dan Rooney, who stepped down Friday as Ambassador to Ireland, said he is ready to get back to work with the Steelers immediately "every way I can."
Rooney, 80, is at Cowboys stadium today for the game between the Steelers and Dallas this afternoon. He attended a memorial service for his late daughter Rita Rooney in Boston on Saturday and caught the Steelers charter flight from Pittsburgh later that afternoon.
Rooney, who has been listed as chairman emeritus of the Steelers during his 3 1/2 years as a U.S. Ambassador in the Obama administration, likely will return as chairman of the team. His son Art Rooney is president. The Pro Football Hall of Famer, who always had been heavily involved in NFL matters, said he would like to dig into many of those again.
"I would want to become involved again in league matters where I can be helpful," Rooney told a few reporters from Pittsburgh in the press box at Cowboys Stadium an hour before kickoff. "I will discuss my specific role with the team with Art and I will talk with Roger Goodell about league matters."