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Hall of Fame to fly flag at half-staff in honor of Rooney

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will honor one of its late members this weekend.

In mourning Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who passed away Thursday at the age of 84, the H.O.F. will fly its flag at half-staff. Rooney was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2000, marking only the second time a father and son have both been inducted -- Art Sr. was enshrined in 1964.

Hall of Fame president David Baker said the following in a statement: "The Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the loss of an incredible and loving man. Ambassador Rooney epitomized all that is GREAT about this game that he and his family helped grow into an American institution. His impact on the game was profound.

"I have never met a man who possessed such humility and integrity as Dan Rooney. All of us associated with the Hall of Fame are indebted to him for the contributions he made to the game and for his decades of service as a member of our Board of Trustees.

"Tomorrow, the flag at the Pro Football Hall of Fame will fly at half-staff in honor of one of the greatest men to ever serve this game. We will keep his wife Pat and the entire Rooney family in our prayers and hope they find comfort in knowing that Dan's legacy will forever be kept alive in Canton, Ohio."

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