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Cardinals feel loss after passing of Steelers’ Rooney

Posted by Darren Urban on April 13, 2017 – 1:57 pm

Because they are two of the oldest franchises in the NFL with ownership that has been in the same families for decades, they has always been a tie between the teams. They actually merged for a season (in 1944 because of the war) and of course matched up in the Cardinals’ lone Super Bowl appearance for Super Bowl XLIII.

That’s one of the reasons the passing of Steelers owner Dan Rooney Thursday was felt around the Cardinals — not to mention that Rooney was one of the most beloved owners across the league.

“This is an incredibly sad day and profound loss for all of us who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Dan Rooney,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “Mr. Rooney’s love for the Steelers, their players and their fans was apparent to everyone, as was the tremendous pride he took when he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to his beloved Ireland. But all of that was exceeded by the love and deep devotion he had for Patricia and their wonderful family. Our thoughts are certainly with the Rooneys, their entire organization, and all of Steeler Nation upon the passing of this remarkable man.”

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians tweeted out his sentiments, after coaching with the Steelers for a number of years before coming to Arizona.

The Steelers were also the opponent in the first game at University of Phoenix Stadium in August of 2006, when Dan Rooney (second from left) posed with (from left) Michael Bidwill, Bill Bidwill and Art Rooney II.


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5 Responses to “Cardinals feel loss after passing of Steelers’ Rooney”

  1. By Scott H on Apr 13, 2017 | Reply

    Um….anyone else see that the Titans just released CB Jason McCourty???

    Front office? Hello? Anyone still on the clock these days???

  2. By joe holst on Apr 13, 2017 | Reply

    I’ve never been a fan of the “Rooney Rule” where you have to interview at least one minority during the coach search. I think the guys that are qualified should get an interview regardless of race. It just seemed like teams were wasting Harold Goodwin’s time last year with 3 interviewed and zero job offers, He is more qualified then have the coaches out there,

  3. By Darren Urban on Apr 13, 2017 | Reply

    Joe —

    RE: Rooney rule

    The problem is, without the rule in place, many minorities weren’t getting the interviews.

  4. By JohnnyBluenose on Apr 13, 2017 | Reply

    joe hoist…dan rooney dies and you decide to post your thoughts….and this is the best you can come up with?

  5. By Scott H on Apr 13, 2017 | Reply

    Darren / Joe –

    Unfortunately, I think what actually happens is that teams schedule the interviews with minority candidates because the rule says they have to. So, how often does it end being nothing more than a charade? The goal should be that minorities get more higher level coaching jobs. But what if all we’re REALLY achieving is that they’re getting more interviews?

    Overall, it’s good thing….I guess. It is just a shame that it was ever necessary.

    But I don’t disagree with Joe’s basic premise, which is that these jobs should be going to the best candidates, period.

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