PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Ireland Funds held their first gala since Dan Rooney’s passing Saturday, honoring Rooney’s service to Ireland.READ MORE: 'I Was Terrified:' Woman Recalls Stranger Following Her Car For Miles
Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, Steelers president Art Rooney II and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were among those at the event.
“He always had time for everybody, no matter who you were, and spoke to everybody the same way,” Cowher said. “He was a very kind individual, a transparent individual, and a good friend to so many people.”READ MORE: Domestic Incident Inside Of The Mall At Robinson Leads To Chaotic Scene
All around Heinz Field, people talked about his legacy.
“One thing he would want me to make sure I said, that he didn’t do it by himself,” Rooney said. “He always had great partners, great teammates to work on the different things that he did in his life.”MORE NEWS: Mountaineers Become Bowl-Eligible With 34-28 Win Over Kansas
“I would go anywhere to pay tribute to Dan Rooney. He just meant so much to my life,” Goodell said. “It was like speaking to your father. He was supportive, yet instructive of what we need to do.”