A year ago, NFL owner Dan Rooney told the media that he and his wife would be “doing anything” to help NFL players stand up to Donald Trump and the NFLPA in the coming months.
Now, Rooney is back in the business of getting the players the maximum benefit from his NFL salary.
We sat down with Rooney to find out what it’s like to work for him, what it takes to make money in the NFL, and what it means to be an owner in 2018.
How does it feel to work in the world of sports and business?
“It feels very surreal,” Rooney told us.
“It’s like I’m sitting on the sidelines of the Olympics, and all of the sudden, you’ve been part of this Olympics for four months.
That is so surreal.”
Rooney, whose company is owned by the NFL and ESPN, has been working with the NFL on issues of workplace safety, social responsibility, and the right to organize.
For the past decade, Rooney has run the NFL’s Player Safety and Social Responsibility Program (PSRSP) that aims to make sure players feel valued.
It’s one of many initiatives he’s run in the wake of Trump’s inauguration, including the NFL Players Association’s first anti-racism platform, which calls on players to be more vocal and engaged with each other.
He says it’s a “very hard” job.
“You have to get them to see what’s happening, because you want to see a change.
That’s the hard part,” he said.
“That’s why I’ve been doing this for so long.
You want to make a change, but you don’t want to get too caught up in the politics and the rhetoric.”
Rooney is also a major supporter of Black Lives Matter.
He told us that he’s proud of how many NFL players he’s met during the protests.
“I’ve met a lot of players that I know are going to take that on,” he told us, noting that he knows that there are some who are not on board.
“But I’ve seen a lot.
I’ve also seen a good number of players who are very, very committed to what we’re trying to do.”
He said he’s hopeful that some of those players will stand up for the NFL players.
“And I believe that there’s going to be a change,” he added.
“There’s going a change in the league.
And I’m very proud of the progress that we’ve made.”
What’s the deal with the Super Bowl?
There are plenty of people who don’t watch the Super Sunday games, and that’s a shame.
“The NFL has a history of putting the Superbowl in a different category than other games,” Rooney said.
It was a year ago when Rooney announced that he would be selling his stake in the Super bowls, and now that the game has been moved to a Sunday to avoid controversy, Rooney wants to make it as convenient as possible for players to watch it.
The new deal with NBCUniversal and NFL, which includes the game’s inclusion on the broadcast network, will make the event as popular as it could be.
“If we can get it on network television, then we can be competitive with the big leagues,” Rooney added.
In addition to the new deal, he said he wants to help the NFL to increase its exposure in new ways.
“We want to be in a position to bring the NFL closer to fans and to give them the best product that they want,” he explained.
“When you look at the Super bowl, the Superstars are there.
It is a great way for fans to connect to the NFL.”
How do you make a living in the sport?
Rooney told our reporter that he was fortunate to have “a great life” and a good job in the sports industry.
“This is my dream job, and it’s what I want to do with my life,” he concluded.
“As a sports fan, you don,t really get that opportunity to be involved in any other kind of job, which is great.”
Rooney has been involved in many different sports, including boxing, wrestling, basketball, and baseball.
He was a two-time world heavyweight champion and one of the most successful wrestlers of all time, winning six World Championships in his time.
He also was a three-time NBA All-Star, and was named MVP of the 1997 All-NBA team.
“People look at me and they look at sports and they don’t really realize that I’m a businessman, that I have a business background,” Rooney explained.
The NFL’s salary cap is currently $49 million, which means that teams must spend a certain amount of money each year on players and other things.
Rooney wants the league to reduce the salary cap to $50 million, but that may be a tough sell. He