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Steelers players and friends take to social media to offer condolences for the passing of Patricia Rooney

Often called the matriarch of the Steelers family, Patricia Rooney passed away Saturday at the age of 88.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Saturday evening that Patricia Rooney, wife of the late Dan Rooney and mother to current Steelers team president Art Rooney II, passed away at the age of 88.

The following statement was made by Art Rooney II as reported by Steelers.com:

“My family and I are mourning the passing of my mother, Patricia,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II in a statement released by the team on Saturday night. “She helped raise nine children while supporting my father’s career with the Steelers and his time as Ambassador to Ireland. It is a sad day for our family.

“My mother meant so much to not only all of us in the family, but she gave so much of her time and energy helping those in need in the Pittsburgh community. She will leave a lasting impression on so many people and organizations in our area, especially the Salvation Army and many organizations in the North Side of Pittsburgh, where my parents called home.

“We will celebrate her life and the memories we have of her during this challenging time for our family. We appreciate everyone with your thoughts and prayers.”

Following the announcement, many current and former Steelers as well as those who have covered the team as well as others around the NFL, took to social media to offer their condolences.