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Steelers owner Dan Rooney arriving for Super Bowl week

By Mark Maske

DALLAS--Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney was scheduled to arrive in the Dallas area Wednesday for Super Bowl week, according to his son, team president Art Rooney II.

Rooney said his father, who was named the U.S. ambassador to Ireland in 2009, attended seven or eight regular season games and all of the Steelers' playoff games this season.

"I'm sure it was tiring because he flew back and forth from Ireland to America a number of times this year," Art Rooney said. "I'm glad the season is coming to an end for that reason. He can maybe quit traveling so much and get some rest."

Rooney said "there's no doubt" that his father misses football to some extent, but added: "He also loves the job he has. He loves Ireland. He loves the job he's doing over there. He's living the life. He has no complaints."

The younger Rooney has operated the Steelers with somewhat more independence since his father, who now has the title of chairman emeritus, was named ambassador. But Art Rooney said he still consults regularly with Dan Rooney,78, on football-related matters.

"It's been different with him over there," Art Rooney said. "He has a full-time job over there now, so it's been a little different. But he's always been available to us. It's not like he disappeared or anything."

The Steelers are in the Super Bowl for the third time in six years and the eighth time ever. They're seeking their seventh Super Bowl title. They face another storied franchise, the Green Bay Packers, Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

"It's definitely a great matchup, I think, for the league to have two teams with the histories that our teams have," Rooney said. "The Packers are one of the all-time great teams. We're excited to be here. We're excited they're here. Hopefully it's going to be a great game."

By Mark Maske  |  February 2, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  Steelers , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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