A Sporting Life

Rob Ruck, Maggie Jones Patterson, & Michael P. Weber

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Rooney: A Sporting Life is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn about a true American success story in sports. This book fully captures the early life of Art ‘the Chief’ Rooney Sr., an American icon who is known for the legacy he left in the Steelers but isn’t known as well for his amazing accomplishments in racing and as an athlete. The Chief is to sports what Seabiscuit is to horse racing, and this book captures the man and the legend.”

—John Clayton, ESPN

“Filled with incredible details, Rooney gets behind the man and the legend who founded the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1933.(”

— 2010-04-19

“One of the best books on football written so far this century...Assiduously researched, Rooney is more than a biography.(”

—Allen Barra, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010-04-21

“An authoritative look at one of the most iconic figures in the history of the NFL, Rooney, A Sporting Life, is both a critical chapter in the story of football in the United States and a thoroughly engaging, in-depth introduction to a character unlike any other in the annals of American sports.”

Pennsylvania Heritage

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