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The Steelers announced on Saturday night that Patricia Rooney passed away peacefully at her home on the North Side. She was 88. Mrs. Rooney was the beloved wife of the late Steelers chairman and Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney, who passed away on April 13, 2017. They were married for 65 years up until Mr. Rooney's passing.
In 2019, Mrs. Rooney was featured in an NFL Films documentary called "A Lifetime of Sundays," which profiled the matriarchs of four American football families -- Rooney, Virginia Halas McCaskey of the Bears, Martha Ford of the Lions and Norma Hunt of the Chiefs.
The film was done by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s wife, Jane.
“Patricia represented the Rooney family and Steelers with extraordinary grace, dignity and integrity,” the Goodells said in a statement on Saturday night. “Patricia was passionately devoted to her family, the wonderful family she and Dan raised and adored, the Pittsburgh community and the Steelers organization. She was also one of the most passionate football fans you could ever meet and very proud of the number of female fans around the world.
“We will greatly miss her as will many people whose lives she touched throughout her community, and the NFL.”
The McCaskey, Ford and Hunt families also made statements expressing their condolences to the Rooney family on the passing of their friend Patricia Rooney.
"A Lifetime of Sundays" is a really well-done documentary by NFL Films that exhibits Patricia and Dan Rooney's life together and just how much the Steelers and city of Pittsburgh meant to them. Especially their beloved North Side.
You can watch the full documentary of "A lifetime of Sundays" in the link below.