Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rooney News

According to various sources, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney, is likely to return to the states from his post in Dublin this year. Dan is the eldest son of Art Rooney, the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is chairman emeritus of the Pittsburgh Steelers and like his father was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game. The "Rooney Rule," his creation, requires that NFL teams with head coach and general manager vacancies interview at least one minority candidate.

Steeler Ownership Changes

In order to continue controlling family ownership of the Steelers, several members of the Rooney and related McGinley families sold their stock to team president Art Rooney II and chairman emeritus Dan Rooney in 2009. There were several considerations that made the sale necessary including potentially devastating estate tax issues upon the death of the one of the five sons of founder Art Rooney, Rooney family holdings in race tracks that have triggered some pressure from the NFL front office, and of course family business philosophical differences that would likely build if ownership control did not remain centralized.

Mara Connection

Although some of the Rooney family may look on this year's Super Bowl contest between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots with faint interest, others will be much more tuned in for good reason. The Rooney family has a long reach and is certainly one of the most notable families in the United States. It is also linked to another NFL family, the New York Giants Mara's through marriage.

Two notables from the Rooney-Mara family tree are actresses; one the Recent Oscar nominee, Rooney Mara, and her sister Kate Mara. The actresses are the great-granddaughters of both New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Their mother Kathleen Rooney married Chris Mara in 1981 forming a link between the two NFL families. Their mother's father, Tim, is the third son of Art Rooney. Tim has run the Yonkers Raceway since 1972. Their father Chris, is one of Wellington Mara's (Giants founder Tim Mara's son) 11 children and serves as Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.

Kate Mara has appeared extensively on TV in such series as Fox smash hit 24, HBO's Entourage and the FX Series American Horor). In films she has acted in Brokeback Mountain, We Are Marshall, Iron Man II, Ironclad and many others. Her sister Rooney Mara has appeared Law and Order, the Cleaner and ER on television. Rooney has also appeared in several films including A Nightmare on Elm Street (the remake), The Social Network and the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo for which she was nominated just recently for an Oscar. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
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