By Dan Rooney
Mythical chairman of the five-time large Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Dan Rooney, tells his existence tale for the 1st time. From starting to be up on Pittsburgh’s infamous North part, to vying with Johnny Unitas for prime highschool quarterback honors in Western Pennsylvania, from studying easy methods to run an enormous activities franchise from his father, paintings Rooney (“the Chief”), to aiding form the trendy NFL, Rooney serves up a desirable account of private success. He additionally discusses his relationships with avid gamers, coaches, NFL commissioners, his cherished relatives, and the committed fanatics often called “Steelers Nation.” even if advocating hiring extra minority head coaches via production of the Rooney Rule or assisting pave the best way for the merger of the AFL and NFL, Rooney finds the dynamics that experience made him the sort of revered strength in seasoned soccer.
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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. The deed was done quicker than you could skin a cat. It’s difficult to describe the pandemonium that resulted. Hausen went berserk and my father looked pretty upset. Our cantankerous neighbor had been right all along. His Irish temper flaring, my father gave me a whack—the only time I can remember him spanking me.
The big payday at Saratoga might have helped keep the team afloat during the lean years of the late 1930s and 1940s, but there’s absolutely no truth to the story that he bought the Pirates with his Saratoga winnings. My father always enjoyed telling the story of the Pirates’ first game. The blue laws were still in effect then, and several of the city’s religious leaders threatened to shut us down if we played on Sunday. So Dad went to Pittsburgh’s Irish superintendent of police, Franklin T. McQuade, and asked him if he was going to support the preachers and stop the game.
When we got home, Mom was furious. She blamed me for not watching little Tim more closely. She wouldn’t accept any excuses, accident or no, it didn’t matter—he was my responsibility. What bothered me most about the incident was that I had let my mother down. 25 Dan Rooney My mother’s reliance on me shaped my character in ways that stayed with me for the rest of my life. She taught me how to accept responsibility, even though my brothers often gave me a hard time and resisted my authority. Maybe that’s why I’ve always been more comfortable being in charge and making decisions than taking orders and following along.