Part memoir, part anecdotal history...

...of Pittsburgh's North Side, where the author grew up, and part football book, "Ruanaidh" follows to its conclusion the extraordinary life of Art Rooney, Sr. - the Chief. The strange-looking title (pronounced Ru-ah-nee) is the Gaelic word for Rooney. Candid personality portraits of almost everybody in the Chief's wide orbit are mingled with tales from Art Rooney, Jr's own high school and college football-playing days, from his time as a failed drama student in New York, from his six months of boot camp training with the Marines, and from his subsequent career as personnel director of his father's football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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HOF Franco Harris and Art Rooney Jr at the Heinz History Center for Francos 40th Anniversary of the Imaculate Reception.

HOF Franco Harris and Art Rooney Jr at the Heinz History Center for Francos 40th Anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.

Ruanaidh In The News


"Art Jr, who headed scouting in those days, was in charge of the group that assembled the Steeler dynasty, and had the greatest single draft class in NFL history in 1974, when they picked four future Hall of Famers in five rounds. You probably remember guys named Swann, Lambert, Stallworth, and Webster."

—By Neal Coolong

Immaculate Reception Ceremony Saturday carried with it the weight of history
"From the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio former Steelers great Jack Butler gives his induction speech."

—Art Rooney, Jr. & John Butler

Jack Butler Hall of Fame Speech

Cards From Art Rooney Jr.'s Private Collection

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montage of managers, coaches and scouts

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