Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney was on hand to see Penn State University defeat the University of Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday. Penn State received the coveted ‘Dan Rooney Trophy,’ for winning the game in exciting fashion, 26-24.
Rooney, who is the former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, was a key player in the Gaelic Athletic Association’s (GAA) redevelopment plans for Croke Park in the early 90s. The trophy is a football made of bog yew from the Irish midlands and a base with steel that remained from the construction of Heinz Field.
Prior to the game Rooney attended a kickoff luncheon, along with Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron (pictured above left) and University of Central Florida President Dr. John Hitt (pictured above right).
Páraic Duffy, GAA Director General (shown below), presented Rooney with a Waterford Crystal Shamrock Bowl in recognition of his support during the kickoff luncheon as well.