His NFL franchise was dominant in the fall, but Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney was a man for all seasons.
He helped settle two players’ strikes, came up with a rule that promoted diversity in the coaching and executive ranks, collected six Super Bowl rings along the way and served as United States ambassador to Ireland in his late 70s.
The modest and unassuming Rooney, among the most beloved owners in sports, died Thursday at 84.
“Few men have contributed as much to the National Football League as Dan Rooney,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it...