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This is part of "Remembering Art Rooney Sr.: A Father's Heirlooms Still Cherished." Click on headline to see complete story.


The Rooney brothers don't see each other today as much as they would like. Dan is still consumed by the Steelers. The other four spend part of the winter together with their wives in South Florida, but they also have golf games to maintain and gaggles of grandchildren to spoil.

The young generations that carry the Rooney name grow up with a different set of expectations than the brothers did. But they can look to the sons of the Chief as examples. Five men, successful in whatever endeavors they took on, each still married to the same woman they first shared vows with more than half a century ago.

Art II, in the room with the brothers that day at the family home, was offered a rare glimpse of the five together alone. He left with an appreciation for his family's past.

In the years that followed, he would come upon his own heirlooms from his grandfather.

At Three Rivers Stadium, the Chief had equipment manager Tony Parisi keep hidden a statue of the Virgin Mary with a lid on it for holy water. Several times over the years, Art Sr. would sprinkle some of it in the locker room.

Parisi gave Art Rooney II the statue, and it still contained a few drops. When the Steelers moved to Heinz Field in 2001, Art II found the statue, took it into the locker room and poured the rest of the sacred tonic onto the fresh carpet.

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J. Brady McCollough: bmccollough@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BradyMcCollough.


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