Five decades ago, when NFL owners sat down with members of the newly formed players' union and agreed to pay them for pre-season games, the Steelers were represented by 24-year-old Dan Rooney.
Today, Rooney is the only official from that meeting who is still around. And the Steelers chairman and son of the founder wanted to preserve those moments for posterity in an autobiography published in concert with the team's 75th season.
"I wanted this to be a history book," Rooney said today at a news conference. "In some ways, I feel I'm the last man standing, the last of the first generation who knew the founders of the league and set it on its course to become America's game. Obviously, I wasn't around in 1920 when the NFL was formed, but I knew the people who were."
The book -- "Dan Rooney, My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL" -- is available in stores on Monday, the day the Steelers honor their 75th anniversary all-time team as part of their game against the Baltimore Ravens. Published by DeCapo Press, it sells for $26.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.