Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the by Dan Rooney

By Dan Rooney

Mythical chairman of the five-time great Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Dan Rooney, tells his existence tale for the 1st time. From starting to be up on Pittsburgh’s infamous North aspect, to vying with Johnny Unitas for high highschool quarterback honors in Western Pennsylvania, from studying the right way to run an incredible activities franchise from his father, artwork Rooney (“the Chief”), to supporting form the trendy NFL, Rooney serves up a desirable account of private fulfillment. He additionally discusses his relationships with avid gamers, coaches, NFL commissioners, his liked family members, and the dedicated fanatics referred to as “Steelers Nation.” even if advocating hiring extra minority head coaches via production of the Rooney Rule or supporting pave the way in which for the merger of the AFL and NFL, Rooney finds the dynamics that experience made him this sort of revered strength in seasoned soccer.

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Dad had been spending a lot of time with his new football team, the NFL “Pittsburgh Pirates,” which he had bought for $2,500 in the summer of 1933, about the time of my first birthday. NFL commissioner Joe Carr approached my father because the league saw Pittsburgh as a good expansion opportunity, now that Pennsylvania’s “blue laws” prohibiting Sunday play were about to be repealed. Carr and the NFL owners knew Art Rooney to be the best promoter in Western Pennsylvania. They also appreciated the fact that he was a real football man—he understood the sport and would be just the guy to cultivate a fan base in the Pittsburgh market.

He threatened to call the County Child Delinquency Department, but my dad just laughed it off and told us to stay out of Hausen’s way. Even Aunt Alice, who stayed with us to help my mother, would shout back in our defense when Hausen went off on one of his tirades. She knew we were just having fun. But I have to admit we did sometimes carry our pranks a little too far. One day we found a dead cat down by the river. ” As we dragged the carcass back to Lincoln Avenue, we came across a bucket of tar, which Babe Hugo pointed out was just the thing we needed to glue the cat to old man Hausen’s porch.

I can’t find Dr. ” Everybody knew that the blackboard was an extension of Jock’s being, the very symbol of the man. He used it on the field to diagram every play, offense or defense. ” I asked. “I’ve lost it! ” he moaned. ” Without hesitating, Frank pulled out a twenty-dollar bill and pressed it into my hand. “That doesn’t matter. Get to the department store as fast as you can and buy a board. ” I took off in Frank’s old Ford and drove for town. I was a little nervous driving through the heavy downtown traffic—I’d only driven a car for short stretches in the country on family trips to Ligonier— but I found the department store okay, illegally left the car in a loading zone out front, dashed through the glass doors like a madman, and asked the first person who looked like a clerk where the blackboards were.

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