The Pittsburgh Steelers family lost an adored figure late Saturday night, as the organization announced the passing of Patricia Rooney, wife of the late Dan Rooney and mother of current team president Art Rooney II.
A beloved individual both in Pittsburgh and beyond. Messages with condolences poured across the football world for the Rooney family and Steelers organization over the weekend.
Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher described Rooney as a “matriarch,”and said she “embodied the spirit of Pittsburgh in how she lived her life.”
The NFL lost a matriarch in Pat Rooney. She embodied the spirit of Pittsburgh in how she lived her life. She impacted everyone she met, and inspired and nurtured in her own uniquely genuine way. RIP Pat and we celebrate the virtues you & Dan have bestowed upon us all.— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) January 31, 2021
Owners league-wide expressed their sympathies for the Rooney family as well, including the New Orleans Saints’ Gayle Benson, Indianapolis Colts’ Jim Irsay and Carolina Panthers’ David Tepper.
Statement from Saints Owner Gayle Benson on the passing of Patricia Rooney: pic.twitter.com/KN0IFyfW7Q— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 31, 2021
Rest In Peace, Patricia Rooney, matriarch of the Steelers. My condolences and prayers to Art and the entire Rooney family.— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) January 31, 2021
Statement from David Tepper on the passing of Patricia Rooney: pic.twitter.com/KFmTbRZ73N— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 31, 2021
A number of current and former Steelers players also expressed their condolences on social media throughout the day Sunday.
My thoughts are with the Rooney family during this difficult time. https://t.co/nhDeiKtMES— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) January 31, 2021
Rest Easy 🙏🏽💛 https://t.co/M7H1MnwJQF— James Conner (@JamesConner_) January 31, 2021
🙏🏾 lovely women. https://t.co/Pj9qizp6bF— stephon tuitt (@DOCnation_7) January 31, 2021
You were truly loved.— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) January 31, 2021
R.I.P Mrs. Rooney
🙏🏾…love the Rooney Family— . (@Ike_SwagginU) January 31, 2021