Dan Rooney, of Pittsburgh Steelers fame, and former ambassador to Ireland.
A powerful voice in the NFL for decades, often out of the public eye, he helped settle two players’ strikes, served on many league committees and was a confidante and adviser to three commissioners. He fought to give more opportunities for minority coaches to ascend in the NFL, an effort that prompted the adoption of what is known as the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority coach in the process of hiring a head coach.
As Lawrence noted in a comment yesterday, it looks like Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s death is being considered a suicide. I didn’t want to say so at the time, but that’s what I was afraid of.
Some wisdom from other, better people:
@Popehat "That means nothing."
It doesn't take much to hide depression, especially when hiding it seems of paramount importance.
— Angela Kershner (@AngieNK) April 13, 2017
/3 I've written about it before. about what it feels like, about how to seek help, and how to help others. https://t.co/Xz2YLNPTN6
— ReaccomodatedPopehat (@Popehat) April 13, 2017
…as the Bloggess says, depression lies. Depression tells me that it’s never going to change. Depression tells me that there’s no hope, that I’m going to feel this way forever. Depression tells me I’ve tried everything to get better and it doesn’t work. Depression tells me that I’m a failure as a husband, a father, a friend. Depression tells me that I suck at my job — that if clients are happy with my work it’s only because they are deluded.
The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Firings after the jump.