The Steelers are now in sorrow for the loss of John Rooney, the son of the legendary Art Rooney, one week after the passing of Franco Harris, one of their greatest on-field legends.
New York Giants (@Giants) December 28, 2022
John Rooney passed away on Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The New York Giants’ official Twitter account also tweeted about the news.
After Art Rooney Sr. passed away in 1987, the team was owned 16% by the five Rooney brothers, Dan, Art Jr., John, Patrick, and Timothy, and 20% by the McGinley family. One of Art Rooney’s five children, John Rooney, owned a small portion of the squad. He started out with a 16% share but sold the majority of it in 2008 as ownership shifted to Dan Rooney and his son Art Rooney II, the current team president.
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NFL fans pay tribute to John Rooney after his Untimely Death
The Rooney had to abide by NFL regulations on having a principal stakeholder with more than 30% equity as well as keeping timothy and john Rooney’s gambling operations in Florida separate from the football industry.
The franchise needed to be changed fourteen years ago, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, as the NFL prohibited dueling teams from having any connections to the gambling business.
The other Rooney brothers’ participation in Florida’s horse and dog racing was the cause of this. A year later, John and Art Jr. sold around 8% of their equity, and Patrick and Timothy sold their investment in the club. Dan Rooney and Art II were in charge of the team at that time, while new investors Thomas Tull, James Haslam, and the Paul Family were given minority ownership positions.
In 2015, John Rooney sold all but 1% of his ownership stake in the group. The news of John’s passing was announced on the Giants’ account because the Rooneys and the Maras (owners of the New York Islanders) are related.
Fans paid respect to John Rooney through their sincere tweets and by recalling their favorite Steelers moments.
The Maras and Rooneys are the class of the NFL.
Abetterway (@nyhoopcoach) December 28, 2022
My condolences to the Rooney Family and the @steelers , may he R.I.P.
Edwin (@nuyorican78) December 28, 2022
(@cryo_____) December 28, 2022
Rest in peace
(@Theylovelus) December 28, 2022
Kevin Kerkhoven (@KevinKerkhoven) December 28, 2022
Andrew (@Cheesepuff430) December 28, 2022
Giants (@2022NYGIANTS) December 28, 2022
My condolences to the entire Rooney and Mara families.
Matt A. (@matt_a56) December 28, 2022
The public funeral for former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris was held at Acrifice Stadium on the same day as Rooney’s passing. Just a few days before the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, Harris passed away last week.