Rooney at a press conference in April 2012 announcing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium
|Born:||September 14, 1952|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|College||University of Pittsburgh, (B.A), '78|
Duquesne University, (J.D.), '82
University of Exeter, (Law)
|Career highlights and awards|
Rooney was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the eldest of nine children of Patricia (Reagan) and longtime Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, and the grandson of Steelers founder "The Chief", Art Rooney, Sr. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978 with a B.A. in Political Science. He then attended Duquesne University's School of Law, where he earned his J.D. degree in 1982.
Rooney was named team president in May 2003. Prior to that, he served as vice president and general counsel of the Steelers, and has served on the board of directors of the Steelers since 1989. He currently serves as chairman of the NFL's Stadium Committee, and serves on numerous NFL boards, including the Legislative Committee, the Management Council Executive Committee, the International Committee and the Digital Media Committee. Prior to his father's 2017 death, Rooney II held a 30% stake in the Steelers franchise and was in line to inherit most of the 30% share Dan Rooney held, which would make Rooney II the majority owner of the team. He is one of only two third-generation owners in the league, the other being John Mara, to whom he is related by marriage (Mara's brother is married to Rooney's sister, and both owners count actresses Rooney Mara and Kate Mara as nieces.)
He currently holds an Of Counsel position with the law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. He is active in the Pittsburgh community, devoting a substantial amount of his time to various organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Public Theater,Saint Vincent College, Senator John Heinz Western PA History center and the United Way of America.
Rooney is married to Greta, and they have four children.