Steelers chairman Rooney to be honored by Jackie Robinson Foundation

| Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 2:03 p.m.

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney will be honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual ROBIE Awards Dinner on Monday in New York for the difference he has made in the NFL and sports and as the United States Ambassador to Ireland.

“Jackie Robinson was really a leader,” Rooney told “All of the abuse he had to take when he first came into the league. He was a great guy, a great person, and knew what he was doing. The game meant so much to him. We talk about the Rooney Rule and what that did was give hope. He came in the league and did so well that he gave guys on their way up hope, that they could make it.”

Rooney, who will be presented the award by minority owner and Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, has been at the forefront of the NFL Diversity Committee and helped implement the Rooney Rule — a rule that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for coaching openings and senior football operations.

Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. He can be reached at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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