Art Rooney
American football player, executive, owner
Art Rooney
Arthur Joseph "Art" Rooney, Sr., often referred to as "The Chief", was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football franchise in the National Football League.
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Butler Nominated for Hall - SteelCityInsider.com (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
“They should give us the reason why he's NOT in the Hall of Fame,” Art Rooney Jr. once said. Rooney was the personnel man behind the great Steelers teams of the 1970s. “Jim Finks once told me that Jack Butler was one of the greatest athletes he had
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Unbeaten filly to race at Meadows - Washington Observer Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Though she was the champion 2-year-old filly pacer last year, See You At Peelers has captured all nine of her 2011 starts, including the Art Rooney final while facing colts and geldings. Such is her following that she has her own Facebook page and
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Ed: Noll Won't Attend Naming of Street in His Honor - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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Among those who will be there: Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Steelers president Art Rooney II, Hall of Famer Mel Blount and former All-Pro linebacker Andy Russell. The Hall of Fame coach is not in good health and has not been for a number of years
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6 Players That the Majority of Fans Would Like To See Fail in 2011 - Bleacher Report
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Ed Sabol approached Art Rooney (then owner of the Steelers) about it, and Rooney declined feeling that a nick name like that would get a lot of people to hate the Steelers. So Sabol then thought about the Cowboys since they were winning almost as much
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Some NFL execs resistant to 18-game schedule - Yahoo! Sports
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“If we're talking about just adding two or three weeks to the end of the season, I'm not interested in that,” Pittsburgh Steelers president and co-owner Art Rooney II said. Art Rooney II is less than enthused with the idea of more cold-weather games
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Steelers CB Taylor suffers broken thumb - Yahoo! Sports
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Steelers CB Ike Taylor(notes) suffered a broken left thumb in Friday's game at Washington, Steelers president Art Rooney II told Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV, multiple Pittsburgh media outlets reported. Taylor, 31, is regarded as the Steelers' best cornerback
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'Dark Knight Rises' in Pittsburgh traffic and extras advisories for Saturday - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Art Rooney Avenue from W. General Robinson to Reedsdale Street will be closed through Sunday, August 7th. The west side curb lane of Art Rooney Avenue from North Shore Drive to W. General Robinson Street will be closed through Monday, August 8th. from
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In Drive Toward Deal, Mara Was a Go-To Player
NYTimes - over 5 years
For about five weeks this spring, he was Tom Clark, the owner who spent the most time on the N.F.L.'s difficult labor negotiations, signing into hotels under that assumed name to avoid detection during the most critical period of the lockout. Last Monday, John Mara, his nom de negotiations finally shed, stood on a Washington sidewalk, relieved that
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Update on the latest in sports: 07.30.11 - WNWS
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers owner Art Rooney, general manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin met with Plaxico Burress (PLEK'-sih-koh BUR'-ihs) this morning and the free-agent wide receiver is expected to spend the day with the team. ... - -
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Filly's Unbeaten Streak Reaches 19 Races
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Harness Racing's biggest star, See You at Peelers, ran her unbeaten streak to 19 races on Saturday, winning a division of the $145,208 New York Sires Stakes and setting a new track record at Vernon Downs for 3-year-old fillies. Her two-and-three quarter length victory ended a triumphant week for her trainer, Jimmy Takter, which began with him being
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Latest talks accomplish little, but sides will meet again Monday - NFL News
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was accompanied by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and the New York Giants' John Mara. Smith conducted a conference call with players at 3 pm ET,
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More NFL Owners Attending Mediation On Tuesday; DeMaurice Smith Will Not - SB Nation DC
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Joining the Chiefs' Clark Hunt, Patriots' Robert Kraft, Panthers' Jerry Richardson and Steelers' Art Rooney will be the Cowboys' Jerry Jones, Broncos' Pat Bowlen and Packers president Mark Murphy. One large name for the players will be missing on
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Point Merchants Improve to 10-0 After Defeating Lacey Dodgers 3-2 - Patch.com
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“These guys come to play, and pitch for me every night,” said Merchants head coach Art Rooney. “Our guys battled throughout the entire game, although they had to work with a tight strike zone. I give our guys a ton of credit for battling through and
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Steelers Holding Organization Wide Training Camp Meeting Today - Steelers Depot
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Brown notes this as a positive sign and perhaps Art Rooney II has let them know that a new labor deal could be within reach soon. One can only hope though and the Rooney speculation is on my part. Prior to the lockout, the Steelers were scheduled to
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Trotter Trainer's Winning Ways, Transplanted
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EAST WINDSOR, N.J. -- The American flags draped along the split-rail fences are there year round, as is the 7-foot model of the Statue of Liberty that sits on an island in the pond that fronts his home and training center. Jimmy Takter loves this country. He fell for it as a teenager when his father sent him here from Sweden to learn a little more
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Art Rooney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 87
    Rooney died from complications of a stroke on August 25, 1988.
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  • 1987
    Age 86
    An August 1987 Pittsburgh Press story stated that Rooney never missed a Hall of Fame induction ceremony in all 25 years, and that he was asked to present his third inductee, John Henry Johnson that month.
    More Details Hide Details In memory of "The Chief", Steelers wore a patch on the left shoulder of their uniforms with Rooney's initials AJR for the entire season. The team ended up finishing 5-11, their worst record since a 1 - 13 showing in 1969. He is buried at the North Side Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh.
  • 1982
    Age 81
    Art J. Rooney was for 51 years, until her 1982 death, married to Kathleen Rooney née McNulty (1904–1982).
    More Details Hide Details Kathleen was the mother of Art's five sons, who are Dan Rooney, the chairman of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a former United States Ambassador to Ireland, Art Rooney Jr., Timothy Rooney, Patrick Rooney, and John Rooney (all also directors of the Pittsburgh Steelers). She is also grandmother of the couple's 32 grandchildren, including current Steelers president Art Rooney II and U.S. Representative Thomas J. Rooney (R, FL-16). The couple also has about 75 great grandchildren, including actress sisters Kate Mara and Rooney Mara. General Specific
  • 1972
    Age 71
    Rooney also acquired the Yonkers Raceway in 1972, the Palm Beach Kennel Club, Green Mountain Kennel Club in Vermont, Shamrock Stables in Maryland and owned the Liberty Bell Park Racetrack outside Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details Following the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, the Steelers agreed to leave the NFL Eastern Conference and joined the AFC Central Division. box Through expert scouting, the Steelers became a power. In 1972, they began a remarkable 8 - year run of playoff appearances, and thirteen straight years of winning seasons, including three additional playoff berths. In Rooney's 41st season as owner, the club won the Super Bowl. They followed up with Super Bowl victories following the 1975, 1978 and 1979 seasons. They have also won the 2005 and 2008 Super Bowls. Making the Steelers the first team following the AFL–NFL merger, to win six Super Bowls. box Not a member of our ground crew. Not some rinky-dink bum. But a member of 'our organization'. Following the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl IX, Rooney stepped down from day-to-day management of the team, but remained the ultimate source of authority until his death. Dan, his son, took over as team president.
  • 1967
    Age 66
    Rooney proved his worth and from 1967 until the early 1970s was a part owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    More Details Hide Details In a 1981 interview by the Pittsburgh Press Rooney related that "from time to time he had helped financially support the Negro League team, the Homestead Grays, and... was a better baseball fan than football fan."
    As a pillar of the community in many aspects, Rooney was asked to lend his considerable influence in the city's bid to reclaim a NHL franchise during the league's expansion in 1967. Although Pittsburgh enjoyed championship hockey with the professional but "minor league" Pittsburgh Hornets since its NHL franchise (the Pirates hockey team) disbanded in 1930 from the effects of the Great Depression, many city leaders were pushing for the region to become more "major league" suggesting that Mr. Rooney use his influence in the sports industry to have the league award Pittsburgh a franchise.
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  • 1964
    Age 63
    In 1964, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Duquesne University named their football field in his honor in 1993. In 1999 Rooney ranked 81st on the Sporting News "100 Most Powerful Sports Figures of the 20th Century" list. A statue of his likeness graces the entrance to the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field. The street that runs adjacent to Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side is named "Art Rooney Avenue" in his honor. In 2000, he was inducted as a "pioneer" into the American Football Association's Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame. During Rooney's life, the Steelers would often use a late-round draft pick on a player from a local college like Pitt, West Virginia or Penn State. Though these players rarely made the team, this practice was intended to appeal to local fans and players. The team has occasionally employed this practice after Rooney's death, however, they now focus more on talent than geography throughout the entire draft. Rooney also supposedly liked players from Notre Dame due to his Irish Catholic background, which some say explains why he allegedly had the team keep Notre Dame alumnus and wounded Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier.
  • 1963
    Age 62
    The team now plays in Indianapolis.) In 1963, along with Bears owner George Halas, Rooney was one of two owners to vote for the 1925 NFL Championship to be reinstated to the long-defunct Pottsville Maroons.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 50
    Nevertheless, Rooney was popular with owners as a mediator, which would carry over to his son Dan Rooney. He was the only owner to vote against moving the rights of the New York Yanks to Dallas, Texas after the 1951 season due to concerns of racism in the South at the time. (Ultimately, the Dallas Texans failed after one year, and the rights were moved to Baltimore, where the team became the Baltimore Colts.
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  • 1946
    Age 45
    Bell took the role of President of the Steelers that he relinquished to Rooney in 1946 when Bell became Commissioner.
    More Details Hide Details Rooney got his good friend and his sister's father in law, Barney McGinley, to buy Bell's shares. I've always felt that way. And there's no reason to change. They are people of integrity and character. The way they put the Steelers together, to hire a man like Chuck Noll, to emphasize the team concept. Rooney sent shock waves through the NFL by signing Byron "Whizzer" White to a record-breaking $15,000 contract in 1938. This move, however, did not bring the Pirates a winning season, and White left the team for the Detroit Lions the following year. The club did not have a season above .500 until 1942, the year after they were renamed the Pittsburgh Steelers. During World War II, the Steelers had some financial difficulties and were merged with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1943 and the Chicago Cardinals in 1944.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1941
    Age 40
    The winnings funded the team until 1941 when he sold the franchise to NY playboy Alex Thompson.
    More Details Hide Details Thompson wanted to move the franchise to Boston so he could be within a five-hour train ride of his club. At the same time, the Philadelphia Eagles ran into financial problems. Rooney used the funds from the sale of franchise to get a 70% interest in the Eagles, the other 30% held by Rooney friend and future NFL commissioner, Bert Bell. Bell and Rooney agreed to trade places with Thompson.
  • 1936
    Age 35
    In 1936, Rooney won a parlay at Saratoga Race Course, which netted him about $160,000.
    More Details Hide Details He used the winnings to hire a coach, Joe Bach, give contracts to his players and almost win a championship.
  • 1933
    Age 32
    Rooney's affiliation with the National Football League (NFL) began in 1933 when he paid a $2,500 franchise fee to found a club based in the city of Pittsburgh.
    More Details Hide Details He had named his new team the "Pirates" which was also the name of the city's long-established Major League Baseball club of which Rooney was a fan since a childhood spent in the shadow of the team's stadium. Since the league's inception in 1920, the NFL had wanted a team in Pittsburgh due to the city's already-long history with football as well as the popularity of the Pittsburgh Panthers football team, an NCAA national championship contender during this period. The league was finally able to take advantage of Pennsylvania relaxing their blue laws that prior to 1933 prohibited sporting events from taking place on Sundays, when most NFL games take place.
    Art also played halfback for the semi-pro Pittsburgh "Hope Harvey" and "Majestic Radio" clubs which he later took over and renamed the J.P. Rooneys before purchasing an NFL franchise for $2,500 in 1933.
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    He was the first president of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1933 to 1974, and the first chairman of the team from 1933 to 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Rooney's great-grandparents, James and Mary Rooney, were Irish Catholics who immigrated from Newry in County Down, Ireland to Canada during the Irish potato famine in the 1840s. While living in Montreal, the Rooneys had a son, Arthur (who would become Art Rooney's grandfather). James and Mary later moved to Ebbw Vale, Wales, where the iron industry was flourishing, taking their son Arthur, then 21, with them. This Arthur Rooney married Catherine Regan (who was also Irish Catholic), in Wales, and they had a son, Dan. Two years after Dan Rooney was born, the family moved back to Canada and eventually ended up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1884. Along the way the family grew to include nine children of which Dan was the second. Dan Rooney remained in the Pittsburgh area, and eventually opened a saloon in the Monongahela Valley coal town of Coulter, Pennsylvania (or Coultersville). This is where Dan Rooney met and wed Margaret "Maggie" Murray, who was the daughter of a coal miner, and where the couple's first son, Arthur Joseph Rooney, was born. Dan and Maggie would eventually settle their family in Pittsburgh's North Side in 1913, where they bought a three story building at the corner of Corey Street and General Robinson Street. Dan operated a cafe and saloon out of the first floor with the family living above. The building was located just a block from Exposition Park, which had been home to the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team until 1909.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1925
    Age 24
    In 1925 he served as Wheeling's player-manager and led the Middle Atlantic League in games, hits, runs, stolen bases and finished 2nd in batting average as his brother Dan Rooney (Wheelings catcher that year) finished 3rd in BA.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1918
    Age 17
    Rooney attended St. Peter's Catholic School in Pittsburgh, Duquesne University Prep School, then several semesters at Indiana Normal School before completing a final year at Temple University on an athletic scholarship. After graduation he dedicated himself to sports, winning the AAU welterweight belt in 1918 and tried out for the 1920 Olympic Team, he played minor league baseball for both the Flint, Michigan "Vehicles" and the Wheeling, West Virginia "Stogies".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1901
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1901.
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