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BlitzburghRockCity
02-02-2007, 08:36 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07033/758819-66.stm


Credits Dan Rooney for 'walking the walk'
Friday, February 02, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Dan and Art Rooney spent time last week denying there was pressure put on them from the league or the NFL Players Association to hire a minority coach for the Steelers.

Yesterday, NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw made it clear that he was delighted the Steelers hired their first black coach in Mike Tomlin.

Upshaw began by noting the historic precedence of having two minority head coaches in the Super Bowl, then turned his attention to Dan Rooney, the team's chairman who arrived in Miami yesterday but did not attend the afternoon NFLPA news conference.

"I want to say to Dan Rooney, he not only walked the walk, he talked the talk," Upshaw said. "It was very important he took that step."

The reference by Upshaw was to the NFL's "Rooney Rule," which requires each team to interview at least one minority coach in their search for a head coach. It was named as such because Dan Rooney pushed for its adoption four years ago.

There were reports that the league office and/or its players association put pressure on the Steelers to hire a minority coach, and Upshaw's comments yesterday did nothing to diminish those reports.

"Not saying other candidates didn't deserve it," Upshaw said, again congratulating Rooney for taking the step he did.

Neither Dan nor Art Rooney could be reached for comment.


I don't know why the NFL and everybody and their brother is still raving over the hiring; not because Tomlin wasn't worthy because he aboslutely was and the Rooney's know what they're doing. We as Steeler fans trust their judgement in the end but people still think, atleast it appears to me, that they are bringing race into it once again and acting like Tomlin was hired because of the Rooney rule instead of on his own merits. Any self respecting NFL fan whether you're a Steeler fan or not knows the Rooney's and their reputation. The fact that Tomlin was hired is a direct reflection of the Rooneys picking the right guy for the job based on his own merits and qualifications. Who cares if he is green, purple, orange, yellow or hot pink ! He deserved after interviewing everybody else, so he got it, plain and simple.

Ugh, can't we just get past this and be thankful he was hired because he's a good coach and that's all ?! :nonod:

Captcoolhand
02-02-2007, 09:30 AM
I don't see it as the media pointing out that they hired Tomlin for his race but The Class in the Rooneys to stand by what they Believe in :yesnod:

steelcurtaingal
02-02-2007, 10:27 AM
I agree, the rooneys know what they are doing, and if they hired him, then hes the man for the job. race, and miniority have nothing to do with it.

AZ_Steeler
02-02-2007, 10:36 AM
The big deal right now is the man that came up with the rule is living out the rule now. You all right though when it comes to hiring coaches the Rooney's know how to find them so to us it's not really a big deal :dunno:

BlackGold4vr
02-02-2007, 11:36 AM
Someday it will be nice when people will stop seeing color when looking at other people and just see a person! The United States has come a long way in my lifetime in race relations and equality. Not saying that there isn't more work to be done but its not anything like it was in the 60's or 70's. My wife is a minority and my kids are mixed and I really don't even think about the subject much. After 20 years in the military I don't see colors anymore. I judge people by their character and moral values. You can divide the whole human race into 2 categories in relation to what they bring to this planet, they are either a plague or a blessing! Judging from what I've seen and heard from Mike Tomlin so far I am leaning toward him being a blessing! I for one am glad he's now a Steeler!

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Steelerlyn
02-02-2007, 12:25 PM
Someday it will be nice when people will stop seeing color when looking at other people and just see a person! The United States has come a long way in my lifetime in race relations and equality. Not saying that there isn't more work to be done but its not anything like it was in the 60's or 70's. My wife is a minority and my kids are mixed and I really don't even think about the subject much. After 20 years in the military I don't see colors anymore. I judge people by their character and moral values. You can divide the whole human race into 2 categories in relation to what they bring to this planet, they are either a plague or a blessing! Judging from what I've seen and heard from Mike Tomlin so far I am leaning toward him being a blessing! I for one am glad he's now a Steeler!

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Excellent points! I think the only reason we are hearing this is because an African American going forward is still news in this country, like it or not. As 64756 has so clearly pointed out, someday this will NOT be news and when that day comes, this country will have raised the bar where it belongs and we certainly will have moved forward.

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BlitzburghRockCity
02-02-2007, 01:18 PM
The media just finds every angle to somehow include race in virtually every hiring these days whether it's positive or negative. Im glad the Rooney's found the guy they wanted regardless of if the rule was there or not. I truely believe had they not made the Rooney Rule that they'd have still hired Tomlin this year because that's how they are and what they believe in.

big d
02-02-2007, 02:38 PM
I can't wait for the season to start. That way people can start talking about how great of a coach tomlin is instead of what color his skin is.

BlackGold4vr
02-02-2007, 03:02 PM
The media just finds every angle to somehow include race in virtually every hiring these days whether it's positive or negative. Im glad the Rooney's found the guy they wanted regardless of if the rule was there or not. I truely believe had they not made the Rooney Rule that they'd have still hired Tomlin this year because that's how they are and what they believe in.

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I totally agree! I believe the Rooney's hired the best coach for the Steelers, not (the best black coaching candidate available)!

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Koopa
02-02-2007, 04:09 PM
this is getting ****ing stupid.....i bet if we hired rivera no one would give a ****.....there'd be one article about him being hispanic and then never brought up again.....but since tomlin is black ppl can't stfu about it...........they need to get over this color ****

TEEMONT
02-02-2007, 04:11 PM
what if tomlin was blue? would it be a big deal then?

Koopa
02-02-2007, 04:12 PM
what if tomlin was blue? would it be a big deal then?

nope, all they see is that he's black and no on can get over it......i feel sorry for tomlin...........now no matter what, ppl are gonna think he was hired just because he's black but not because of the person he is.....

big d
02-02-2007, 05:44 PM
nope, all they see is that he's black and no on can get over it......i feel sorry for tomlin...........now no matter what, ppl are gonna think he was hired just because he's black but not because of the person he is.....

I couldnt agree with you more. This guy is a great coach. He turned the minnesota vikings around. I read a report out of minneapolis that said many people think that childress would be fired and they would have named tomlin head coach.

big d
02-02-2007, 05:45 PM
this is getting ****ing stupid.....i bet if we hired rivera no one would give a ****.....there'd be one article about him being hispanic and then never brought up again.....but since tomlin is black ppl can't stfu about it...........they need to get over this color ****

I think people also discriminate against him because of his age. I think the tomlin is far more qualified for this job then rivera. We got the right man.

K Train
02-02-2007, 05:50 PM
he didnt get hired because hes black :blah:

big d
02-02-2007, 05:52 PM
I think alot of the problem is that steeler fans arent used to seeing an african american head coach. I promise you if we would have hired joe greene instead of Cowher the press wouldnt have gone this far with tomlin.

Blitzburgh55
02-02-2007, 05:59 PM
I could F**** care less what color he was and when Mcnabb was trying to win a super bowl as a black for the 2nd time when the last time a white was a RB on a super bowl winning team

BlitzburghRockCity
02-02-2007, 06:34 PM
Society may have come a long way over the decades past, but we still obviously have a long way to go...

SteelersWoman
02-02-2007, 08:35 PM
I, for one, will be glad when the color of a person's skin is no longer an issue to even bring up. It's embarrassing to me that this should even be "newsworthy".

It's 2007, and people still act as though it's "shocking" that a person of color is actually capable of being a leader in whatever field they're trying to get into.

When it's no longer a media topic,that will mean that we've finally arrived at the place we need to be in this country.

BBG7
02-02-2007, 09:59 PM
It's old and no one should give a crap. It's just the media trying to make a story out of nothing. Are they really stupid enough to think the Rooney's would hire less than the best to continue on with our sucess and winning tradition. No, they picked the best man for the job....he's a person just like anyone else....why people still refuse to see someone for something other than their color is beyond me. It's 2007 not 1957!

BBG7
02-02-2007, 10:00 PM
I, for one, will be glad when the color of a person's skin is no longer an issue to even bring up. It's embarrassing to me that this should even be "newsworthy".

It's 2007, and people still act as though it's "shocking" that a person of color is actually capable of being a leader in whatever field they're trying to get into.

When it's no longer a media topic,that will mean that we've finally arrived at the place we need to be in this country.


Thank you...well said!!!!1 :clap: