by JJ Cooper
When the news broke that Steelers owner Dan Rooney was going to be nominated to be the new ambassador to Ireland, the Steelers emphasized how the move wouldn't impact the Steelers' day-to-day operations.
But it will impact the NFL. Rooney withdrew from all his NFL committees this week in preparation for his new job. That means that, with the owners and the players union getting ready to start what are sure to be contentious negotiations for a new labor agreement, Rooney will no longer be around to serve as a consensus maker.