Steelers Unveil Patch To Honor Dan Rooney

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced the patch the team will wear all season to honor Dan Rooney, who passed away during the offseason.

The patch, shaped in an Irish clover, contains his initials: Daniel Milton Rooney. Rooney passed away on April 13th at the age of 84.

This is the first year the Steelers will be without Rooney. He was born in 1932, a little less than one year before his father founded the team – then the Pittsburgh Pirates – to start playing in the NFL in 1933.

While The Chief was the team’s founder, it was Dan Rooney who helped bring change, and ultimately success, to the franchise. He played a big role in hiring Chuck Noll, a decision that would shape the franchise forever. He also convinced Bill Nunn to work as a scout for the team, opening them up to HBCUs previously ignored. The list of players they drafted/signed from there is almost too long to count.

The team wore a patch for Art Rooney when he passed away in 1988. Here’s a picture of it. You can expect the size and placement for Dan Rooney to be similar.

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  • StrengthOfVictory

    I think the sad reality of Dan Rooney’s passing won’t truly sink in until the season gets underway. For months of the offseason, it’s been an inconvenient truth. Come fall, it’ll be a tragedy all over again.

  • AndyR34

    Well said! And I think that the impact of his passing on the way the Steelers do business won’t be seen for a year or so, but we know AR2 is no Dan Rooney. I believe he is more Jerry Jones than Dan Rooney, JMO.

  • TroymanianDevil

    The cloverleaf is a nice touch.

    This is the year to bring back #7, for Dan ( and also Chuck Noll )

  • Big White

    Appropriate with the shamrock considering Rooney traded his support for Barack Obama for an Ambassador appointment to Ireland.

  • Dorian James

    That patch would look so fly on the blank side of the helmet. Also, I hope everyone plays just a little harder in honor of Mr. Rooney

  • Bradys_Dad

    The helmet, black ball caps, t-shirts etc … you are 100% correct.

  • dany

    Business-wise you mean right?? Cause I’ve never heard anything about AR2 meddling in things coaches and GM’s should handle

  • dany

    And well, their Irish roots mostly