Dan Rooney to return to Steelers in 2012; new throwback uniforms coming too

Steelers’ president Art Rooney II had an excellent interview this afternoon and provided tons of insight into the Steelers upcoming offseason and 2012 season. One of the biggest nuggets he revealed was that his father Dan is expected to return stateside after serving one term as the US ambassador to Ireland. Dan Rooney is expected to be back with the Steelers in a capacity to be determined. Great, great news. 

Here’s the other key pieces of note:

-B-  The Steelers will add 3,000 seats to Heinz Field this offseason. The project was supposed to be completed prior to the 2011 season but was put on hold after the lockout.

-B-  The team will wear a new throwback uniform in 2012. The uniforms will mark the team’s 80th season. I have no inside information but I’ll guess that they will be gold in color. 

-B- Signing Mike Wallace to a long term deal is one of the team’s top priorities this offseason. Rooney II said they will ‘wait and see’ on Mendenhall.

-B- Art didn’t commit to bringing Hines Ward back and said something along the lines of the team having a bunch of tough financial decisions to make.

There will probably be more from this interview in the Pittsburgh media in the  coming days.