It's ego. It's jealousy. It's a little of both, or maybe folks just aren't paying attention. Whatever the case, all owners in professional sports should swallow their pride, study the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past four decades and implement the ways of the Rooneys.
Said Art Rooney II, relaxing in his office at Heinz Field, which is home to the Steelers, the defending Super Bowl champs for a record sixth time: "My grandfather always recognized that it's about the players. It's not about the owners. It's not really about the coaches. The game on the field is the most important thing we have, and that's something that my father felt, and he carried on that tradition and, certainly, that is the way I hope we will continue to look at things."
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"Give Me Rooneys, You Take the Rest"
Any article about the Rooneys is likely to get a link from this blog (evidence). Terence Moore at NFL Fanhouse wrote a great piece about the beloved Steeler owners. Here are some highlights.