Harrisburg, April 13, 2017 — State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) expressed his thoughts and offered condolences on the passing of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney earlier today. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney was 84 years old.

“Today Pennsylvania mourns the loss of a great Pittsburgh institution. Dan Rooney was more than just the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a leader in the Pittsburgh area whose contributions will be felt for generations to come.

“I was blessed to know the Rooney family for more than 25 years. Dan made his mark on Pa and across the world not only in the realm of athletics but also in civic engagements when he served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

“His work improved the lives of people across the world and gave families everywhere a reason to spend time together, sharing in the love of football and enjoying life.

“The region, the state and our nation will absorb a tremendous loss on Dan’s passing. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Rooney family at this difficult time. Godspeed to a truly wonderful man.”