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


"I was pleased to see that Art Rooney Jr. was nominated once again for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

—WRITTEN BY DAN GIGLER

Guest Slog: The Canton case for Art Rooney Jr.
"Art Rooney Jr., a longtime Steelers scout and son of the team's founder, Art "The Chief" Rooney Sr., said he and Noll never had arguments but many discussions."

—By Len Barcousky / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Steelers, Oakland player share Immaculate Reception Memories

Cards From Art Rooney Jr.'s Private Collection

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