Synopses & Reviews
In 2007, the Pittsburgh Steelers will turn seventy-five years old. So will Dan Rooney. In Dan Rooney, the owner talks about growing up on Pittsburghs North Side, competing with Johnny Unitas for top high school quarterback honors in western Pennsylvania, learning the ropes of big-time sports from his father and mentor, Art Rooney (the Chief”), helping to shape the modern NFL into Americas all-consuming passion, and forging the Steelers into a Super Bowl-winning dynasty. He also speaks frankly about winning and losing, and discusses his relationships with family, coaches, players, owners, NFL commissioners, the media, and the fans-Steeler Nation.” Its all here: the difficult contract negotiations, controversial decisions, memorable teams, and many behind-the-scenes stories of the growth of Americas favorite game. A dedicated family man and proud native of Pittsburgh, this chairman of one of the most successful franchises ever reveals the dynamics that have made him such a respected owner in the NFL.
"The Rooneys are the Steelers in Pittsburgh, home of the championship team whose ferocious, far flung fans call themselves the Steelers Nation. Team manager Rooney, son of the Steelers's colorful founder Art 'the Chief' Rooney, tells his life story, one inextricably tangled with the history of the National Football League: 'Pro football was born on the muddy fields of Pittsburgh's North Side in 1892-just three blocks from where I was born 40 years later.' Moreover, the Steelers themselves were born just a year after Rooney. Managing the team from the early days of television up through the present, Rooney has seen the 'most critical issue facing the league' shift from 'half-empty stadiums' to 'labor relations.' Tales of classic games and key figures are bolstered by interviews with legends like 'Mean' Joe Greene and winning coach Chuck Noll, as well as current coach Mike Tomlin and others. Thanks to Rooney's own intimate, first-person accounts of legendary players, flamboyant personalities and never-ending politics, along with a concluding thumbnail history of each NFL franchise, this book is sure to score big points not just with the Steeler Nation but football fans nationwide." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For the first time, Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, tells his compelling life story. He speaks frankly about winning and losing, and discusses his relationships with family, coaches, players, the media, and the fans of Steeler Nation. 16-page b&w photo insert.
About the Author
David F. Halaas is the Director of Library and Archives of Pittsburghs Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Andrew E. Masich is the President of Library and Archives of Pittsburghs Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.