Steelers president Rooney to address Friendly Sons
Published: February 21, 2010

The president of the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers will be the principal speaker at the upcoming dinner of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County.

Art Rooney II will deliver remarks at the organization's 105th annual gathering on Wednesday, March 17, at Genetti Manor in Dickson City, said George Lynett Jr., president of the Friendly Sons.

Mr. Rooney was the organization's vice president and general counsel before succeeding his father, Dan, as president in 2003. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, including the 2006 and 2009 title games under Mr. Rooney's organizational leadership.

He has been a member of the Steelers' board since 1989. He was instrumental in the design, development and financing for the Steelers' stadium, Heinz Field, which opened in 2001. NFL general managers elected him executive of the year in 2006.

Mr. Rooney is a 1978 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned a law degree from Duquesne University in 1982.

He is chairman of the board of United Way of Allegheny County and serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Extra Mile Education Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children attend Pittsburgh parochial elementary schools.

Mr. Rooney will be joined on the program by the Rev. Thomas E. Roach, S.J., the rector of the Jesuit community at the University of Scranton, who will deliver the clerical remarks.