Dan Rooney assumed duties in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization immediately following his graduation from Duquesne University in 1955.
Rooney, considered by many to be among the sports power elite, was the driving force behind many of the successes of the Pittsburgh franchise.
Drawing upon his vast football and business experience, he modernized the often-struggling team through a management style, which emphasizes open, practical, and efficient administration.
Since 1972 the Steelers earned 21 division titles, eight AFC championships and won six Super Bowls.
Dan Rooney and former commissioner Pete Rozelle watch from the sidelines as the Steelers defeated the Cowboys in Super Bowl X.
Dan has been one of the most active figures in NFL operations. His league functions have included membership on the board of directors for the NFL Trust Fund, NFL Films, and the Scheduling Committee.
Rooney served as presenter for former Steelers head coach Chuck Noll who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Dan Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Rooney tapped former Steelers great and fellow Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene to serve as his presenter.
Dan Rooney's Hall of Fame mural.
Dan Rooney's Hall of Fame bust.
An avid supporter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rooney often returns to Canton to support the newest members. Here he chats with Class of 2010 enshrinee Dick LeBeau and Class of 2001 enshrinee Lynn Swann.