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Rooney Rule helps reward namesake

One of Dan Rooney's lasting football legacies might have more to do with a rule than another Super Bowl ring, writes Gene Wojciechowski.

Originally Published: January 27, 2009
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Dan Rooney has been around more sterling silver than a Tiffany's sales associate. His Pittsburgh Steelers have won five of those Lombardi trophies during the 76-year Rooney family ownership reign. Now they're going for an NFL-record six-pack of Super Bowl championships, or as some Steelers players call the quest, "One for the Other Thumb."

That's nice. But one of Rooney's lasting football legacies might have more to do with a rule than with another Super Bowl ring. ...

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