Steelers' Chairman Dan Rooney was selected as the recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ (PAB) 2014 Gold Medal Award at their annual dinner.
The award is presented to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has excelled in areas such as the arts, communication, education, entertainment, industry, legislative public service, science, or sports.
Rooney is the second member of his family to receive the award, with his father Art Rooney Sr. receiving it in 1978. They are the only father-son combination to win the award.
“The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters was very proud to honor Ambassador Dan Rooney with our association’s highest award,” stated PAB President Richard Wyckoff. “Mr. Rooney joins a list of Pennsylvanians who have excelled in the fields of athletics, entertainment, business, education and government - Pennsylvanians named, Fred Rogers, Arnold Palmer, Jimmy Stewart, Shirley Jones, Mario Andretti, Governor Tom Ridge, Ed Bradley, and of course, the Ambassador’s father Art Rooney Sr.
“Ambassador Rooney sets a high standard for himself and has the ability to, by example, raise others up. The citizens of Pennsylvania and our nation are proud and blessed to have Dan Rooney walking among us.”
The PAB commissioned a portrait of Rooney as one of his awards, and one of Art Rooney Sr., as portraits of winners weren’t commissioned when he won the award.
The PAB, which is the oldest state broadcast association, also presented the Broadcaster of the Year Award to former Steelers Coach Bill Cowher, now an analyst on CBS’ NFL Today.