Rep. Rooney remains loyal to Steelers coach

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), the grandson of Pittsburgh Steelers founding owner Art Rooney, isn’t joining the pile-on of critics of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for interfering with a game last week against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Steelers coach was fined $100,000 Wednesday by the National Football League for standing on a white stripe that borders the playing field during a kickoff return and stepping onto the field.

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Tomlin apologized on Tuesday, saying in a press conference the move was an “inexcusable blunder.”

Some football fans speculated that Tomlin’s interference was intentional.

When asked his thoughts on the pigskin snafu, Rooney told ITK: “Mike Tomlin is a man of the highest integrity. I think he addressed this incident well at his press conference.”

The Steelers ended up losing to their Charm City rivals, 22-20. 

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