Arthur Joseph Rooney II was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the eldest of nine children of Patricia (Reagan) and longtime Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, and the grandson of Steelers founder “The Chief”, Art Rooney, Sr. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978 with a B.A. in Political Science.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Rooney_II
Art Rooney is the subject of, and the only character in, the one-man play The Chief, written by Gene Collier and Rob Zellers. The play debuted at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in 2003, and has been revived on three occasions since then. All productions have starred Tom Atkins as Rooney. 
Art Rooney came into football back in 1933. He has given more to sports and asked for less than any man in the game. He is the all-time, all-around sportsman, participant, promoter, fan, and benefactor. He was a good minor league outfielder, won amateur boxing titles, and scrimmaged on rocky semi-pro gridirons.
Arthur Joseph Rooney II was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the eldest of nine children of Patricia (Reagan) and longtime Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, and the grandson of Steelers founder “The Chief”, Art Rooney, Sr. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978 with a B.A. in Political Science.
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The legend of Art Rooney began in 1933 on the Saratoga Race Course in New York. It is said that Rooney won a large sum of money, but exactly how much is myth. What is known is that Rooney pocketed at least $2,500 which he then decided to invest into paying the required National Football League franchise entrance fee for a club based in the city of Pittsburgh. Once established, he named the team the Pittsburgh Pirates after his favorite Major League Baseball team. Since the league's existence in 1920, the NFL had wanted a team in Pittsburgh due to the city's rich history with football as well as the popularity of the Pittsburgh Panthers football team, a perennial NCAA national championship contender during this period. The league was finally able to move forward when Pennsylvania relaxed their blue lawsin 1933. Those laws had previously prohibited sporting events from taking place on Sundays, when most NFL games took place. After founding the Pirates in 1933, Art Rooney watched his c...
Things started to turn around when 37-year-old Chuck Noll was hired on January 27, 1969. Noll began to rebuild the Steelers through the draft, starting with the defense when he selected defensive tackle Joe Greene with his first choice in 1969. Today Greene is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A 1-13 record in 1969 gave the Steelers the first overall choice in the 1970 draft, with which Noll addressed the offense by selecting quarterback Terry Bradshaw, another future Hall of Famer, after the Steelers won the first selection by winning a coin toss with the Chicago Bears. Cornerback Mel Blount was added in the third round that year, followed by linebacker Jack Ham in 1971 and running back Franco Harris in 1972. In all, Noll drafted nine players who are now enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Following the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Steelers agreed to leave the NFL Eastern Conference and joined the AFC Central Division. The Steelers finally became a power when, in 1972, they bega...
The Steelers began a new era in team history in 2001 with the opening of their new stadium, Heinz Field. The Steelers posted an AFC-best 13-3 regular-season record, including a 7-1 mark at home. However, they suffered a disappointing, 24-17, loss at home in the AFC Championship game to the eventual Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots. In 2006 the Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 21–10, to join the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers as the only franchises to win five Super Bowls. In the summer of 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and his son, team president Art Rooney II, announced they wanted to buy other family members' shares to assure that one of the NFL's most storied franchises does not leave Rooney control. "I have spent my entire life devoted to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football League," said Dan Rooney, one of the most influential owners in NFL history. "I will do everything possible to work out a solution to ensure my father's...
"By the late 1960s, Rooney had turned over day-to-day operation of his sports enterprises to his five sons."After the 1974 season, Rooney relinquished the day-to-day operation of the club to his eldest son Dan. He remained Chairman of the Board of the club until his death in Pittsburgh in 1988. After his death, Dan Rooney became team president and chairman while younger brother Art Jr. was appointed vice president of the team. Third son Tim manages Yonkers Raceway, the family harness track in New York. Pat operates Palm Beach Kennel Club, the dog-racing track in Florida, and Green Mountain Kennel Club in Vermont. Pat's twin brother John also was involved with the family track operations for years and now handles family oil, gas and real estate interests. The family also operates Shamrock Stables, a farm in Woodbine, Maryland, and once owned Liberty Bell thoroughbred track in Philadelphia. Rooney's wife of 51 years, the former Kathleen McNulty, died in November 1982 at the age of 78....
In memory of "The Chief," Steelers wore a patch on the left shoulder of their uniforms with Rooney's initials AJRfor the entire season. The team ended up finishing 5-11, their worst record since a 1-13 showing in 1969. Art Rooney received many awards during his career. In 1964, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Duquesne University named their football field in his honor in 1993. In 1999, The Sporting Newsnamed him one of the 100 most powerful sports figures of the 20th century. A statue of his likeness graces the entrance to the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field. He also has a street named in his honor on Pittsburgh's north side. There's also the Rooney Dormitory at St. Vincent College, the Rooney Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There's the Rooney Middle School on the North Side, and the Rooney Scholarship for North Side students, the Rooney Catholic Youth Association Award, the Rooney 5K race and the Rooney Pace at Yonkers racetrack. Art Rooney...O'Brien, Jim. 2001. The Chief: Art Rooney and his Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh, PA : James P. O'Brien Pub. ISBN 1886348065Rooney, Art Jr., and McHugh, Roy. 2008. Runaidh: the story of Art Rooney and his clan. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ISBN 0981476023Sahadi, Lou. 1980. Super Steelers: the making of a dynasty. New York : Times Books. ISBN 081290950X
All links retrieved April 15, 2016. 1. Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile. 2. Ruanaidh - The Story of Art Rooney and His Clan. 3. Arthur J. Rooney. 4. Steelers' Art Rooney in retrospect
Art Rooney was born Arthur Joseph Rooney Sr., on January 27, 1901, in Coulterville, Pennsylvania, to Maggie and Dan Rooney. He grew up among eight kids in the family (four brothers and three sisters). His great-grandparents had moved to Canada from Ireland following the outbreak of the Irish potato famine. His father, Dan, ran a saloon in the ...
Feb 11, 2015 · Art, the famous gray-haired, cigar smoking gentlemen in his later years was also known for being the kindest and most charitable sports team owner who said that “losing is a terrible thing.”. Art Rooney was a winner in life, both in the sports world and in his private world. He will forever be a winner in Pittsburgh. Written by Diane Gliozzi.
May 13, 2021 · Steelers president Art Rooney II says team is 'due' for a home season opener after 2021 schedule release Pittsburgh will start on the road for a seventh season in a row
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Professional Football Team Owner. Born in Coultersville, Pennsylvania, he was dubbed as The Chief and was the founding owner of the National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1933, he paid a $2,500 franchise fee to start a NFL club based in the City of Pittsburgh and named his new team the Pirates. He renamed the...
- 27 Jan 1901, Coulter, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
- 25 Aug 1988 (aged 87), Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
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May 12, 2021 · PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Steelers President Art Rooney II said the team is planning on full-capacity crowds at Heinz Field for the 2021 season. Rooney is also encouraging anyone who has not been ...