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


"1957 Interview with Jack Butler of the Pittsburgh Steelers."

—BHS

Vintage Video Interview of Jack Butler - 1957
"Mr. Greenwood played for the Steelers from 1969 to 1981 and earned four Super Bowl rings. Selected to the Pro Bowl six times, he registered 73 1/2 career sacks, which ranks second in franchise history behind Jason Gildon. Mr. Greenwood's sacks are unofficial because the National Football League did not officially begin keeping track of sacks until 1982."

—By Ray Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Obituary: L.C. Greenwood / Big part of the Steelers' Steel Curtain

Cards From Art Rooney Jr.'s Private Collection

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montage of managers, coaches and scouts

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