Steelers' Art Rooney II dismisses poor NFLPA report card results, calls investigation a 'media opportunity'

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The NFL Players Association has released the second edition of its team report cards. The report anonymously asks players across the league to provide feedback on their team's working conditions.

Everything from the weight room, locker rooms and how a player's family is treated on game days is included in the investigation. It included feedback from 1,706 players across the league, equating to a response rate of over 77%, a significant increase from last year's 60%.

In a memo posted on the union's website earlier this month, NFLPA President JC Tretter explained that the purpose of the survey is not just to highlight each club's positives , but also to identify areas for improvement and to educate its members. Some team owners have chosen to use the report to identify areas that need to be addressed, while others have taken a more dismissive approach.


Art Rooney II looks on before a Steelers game

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II looks on before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II is one of the owners who doesn't seem to give much importance to his team's ranking in the survey. The Steelers came in 28th out of a possible 32 in this year's report card.

In fact, Rooney appeared to attempt to undermine the investigation by questioning the NFLPA's motivation for conducting this report.


“It's not presented to us, it's presented to the media, so as far as I'm concerned it's a media opportunity for the Players' Association rather than a serious effort at constructive criticism,” Rooney said.

Instead of taking the report card results seriously, Rooney suggested he preferred to receive feedback directly from athletes, according to Athleticism.

Art Rooney II looks on before an NFL game

Owner Art Rooney II of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

Responses from Steelers players about how their families were treated resulted in an F-, while the team's nutritionist/dietician was only slightly better, giving a D. The players didn't seem either Most satisfied with conditions when forced to travel, the team's travel environment earned a D, while the locker room produced an F grade.

But longtime head coach Mike Tomlin received high marks, earning an A.

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A Pittsburgh Steelers football helmet before the start of the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons on August 24, 2023 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The locker room earned a C last season, while the family treatment category earned a D-. Respondents were more satisfied with travel conditions last year, with the category receiving a B.


The Patriots, Chargers, Chiefs and Commanders were behind the Steelers on the list. The survey was conducted from August 26 to November 16.

Paulina Dedaj of Fox News contributed to this report.

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