Art Rooney Saw the Steelers’ Future
But the far bigger story, and the far larger dose of disgruntlement, has come from Pittsburgh. The five grown sons of Steelers founder Art Rooney are fighting over their ownership rights. If you are a Steelers fan (as I am), this is potentially really bad news; the Rooneys have been extraordinary stewards of both their team and the N.F.L.
The Steelers never won a Super Bowl when Art Rooney, known as the Chief, was the team’s president. So maybe he wasn’t the best football executive in the world — but, unfortunately, he was a pretty good forecaster. In a new book called Ruanaidh ( “Rooney” in Gaelic), Art Rooney Jr. writes a rollicking family memoir with a million great anecdotes. But the most sobering thing in the book is a letter from Art Rooney Sr., reprinted on the very last page, that urged his five sons to find a way to avoid ownership squabbles: