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The Rooney Rules

  • Apr 24, 2013
Dan Rooney is the same age as the Pittsburgh Steelers his father Art started as one of the founding franchises of the NFL, which outgrew its birthplace in a Canton, OH car dealer into a multi billion dollar industry bigger than most countries.  So he grew up with the league, and is able to tell nearly the whole history of the league in first person.

The Rooneys, the team, and the city are inextricably linked, an amazing success story that transcends sports, finances, and politics.  When cynical commentators say that sports is all about the money, and when you look up from the sometimes ugly headlines on the sports pages (your team's hero taking drugs or getting arrested, your team's corporate "ownership group" pulling the team out for more money elsewhere) and are ready to believe them, lay down the paper and read Rooney's rules here.  You will be reminded that sports can be about the better things, sometimes even the very best, the God gives us strength to do.  The cynic will say that the Rooney's own only a small fraction of the Steelers today, which is true, but the honest thinker will reflect on the miracle that a family that was present at the creation of the league 80 years ago is still intimately and inseparably involved with the team and the community.

Along the way, you'll learn that Dan Rooney is a good listener, a smart business leader, and an honest and shrewd negotiator--not because of what he tells you, but from the results of his leadership of the team, within his family and in the community.  You will also realize that the Steelers rivalry with the Raiders, and Rooney's personal animus toward their owner Al Davis,  isn't just a media brainchild but a sincere and abiding dislike that stands out because it is so out of character.  And while his appointment as U.S. ambassador to Ireland was still in the future when this book was written, you will learn that the position came out of Rooney's political and charitable work and wasn't a sinecure or political payoff.

Steelers fans and citizens of Western Pennsylvania (but I repeat myself) will have their love and respect for the family and the football team they call their own confirmed again.

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