Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company to Honor Art Rooney as “Hometown Hall of Famer™” at Duquesne
The legacy of pro football legend Art Rooney will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as part of "Hometown Hall of FamersTM," a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport's greatest players with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
"'Hometown Hall of FamersTM' has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike," said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and chief executive officer. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and honor and remember Art Rooney where it all began here in Pittsburgh."
Founder and revered owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a football letterman at Duquesne, Rooney will be recognized and remembered with his "Hometown Hall of FamerTM" plaque during a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom, where the plaque will be displayed to serve as an inspiration for the University's students and athletes. Members of the Rooney family will be on-hand to accept the plaque.
"To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Pittsburgh is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees," said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate's senior vice president of marketing.
The ceremony will be attended by Duquesne University students, faculty, staff, alumni and Rooney's family members and close friends.
Rooney, a 1924 graduate of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, received an honorary doctor of humanitarian service from Duquesne University in 1975. He served as the honorary chair of Duquesne's centennial in 1978 and was inducted into the University's Sports Hall of Fame in 1985. Rooney is also the namesake of the home field to the University's football, soccer and lacrosse teams.
In 1933, Rooney founded the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL. Originally named the Pittsburgh Pirates, they were a member of the Eastern Division of the 10-team NFL. For nearly 40 years his team struggled, but Rooney never lost hope. Finally, in 1969, the team hit the right combination of coaches and players. Under the leadership of head coach Chuck Noll, the Steelers became the most dominant team of an entire decade, winning four Super Bowl championships and laying the foundation for a winning tradition that continues today. The Steelers of the 1970s were armed with exceptionally talented athletes but one of their greatest accomplishments was a win for Rooney, a win for love, warmth and kindness, all rare traits that "The Chief" continually exhibited during his involvement in NFL football for more than half a century until his passing in 1988.
Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964.
About the Pro Football Hall of Fame
In its day-to-day operation, the Pro Football Hall of Fame works very closely with all facets of the pro football family - the National Football League, the 32 NFL clubs, and other entities to ensure the overall success of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In turn, the Hall strives to serve as the best possible historical showplace and repository for the sport of pro football. The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution that focuses on education, promoting, preserving, and honoring the great individuals and moments that have shaped the sport's history.
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