Bill Rooney

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Bill Rooney
Position (s):
running back
Jersey numbers:
8, 18
born July 16, 1896 in Ottawa , Ontario , Canada
died on June 13, 1988 in New York City , New York , USA
Career information
Active : 1923 - 1929
Career statistics
Games     47
as a starter     27
Touchdown     3
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

  • No notable successes

William "Bill" Rooney (born July 16, 1896 in Ottawa , Ontario , Canada , † June 13, 1988 in New York City , New York , USA ) was an American American football player. He played as a running back in the National Football League (NFL). Bill and his two brothers Joe and Cobb Rooney played simultaneously for the Duluth Kelleys / Eskimos in 1924 and 1927 . They are the only three brothers who played for the same football team in the NFL at the same time.

Player career

Bill Rooney grew up with his brothers Cobb and Joe in Virginia , Minnesota . They went to high school there . Bill and his brother Joe played basketball in high school and were elected to the state selection in 1915. William Rooney was able to repeat this success in 1916.

In 1923, Bill and his brother Joe joined the Duluth Kelleys who were trained by Joey Sternaman . The following year they were followed by their brother Cobb. The team from Duluth was initially owned by their players. In 1924, Dewey Scanlon took over the coaching position for the team from Minnesota . The Kelleys were able to win five of their six games and thus occupy fourth place in the NFL. Bill Rooney moved to the newly formed New York Giants in 1925 to return to the Kelleys during the season. In 1926 he ran for the Brooklyn Lions , which only existed for a year and were disbanded after one round of play. Once again he returned to his first professional team, where Ernie Nevers had now taken over as coach. After the 1927 season, the team from Duluth, which had since been renamed Eskimos, had to stop playing due to financial problems. In the 1929 season, Bill Rooney ran for the Chicago Cardinals . There he met his two brothers again. After that season, Bill Rooney ended his professional career.

Web links


  • Jens Plassmann, NFL American Football, Hamburg 1995
  • Chuck Frederick, Leatherheads of the North, the true Story of Ernie Nevers & the Duluth Eskimos , Duluth 2007, ISBN 1-887317-32-5

Individual evidence

  1. Press article about the three brothers with the Duluth Kelleys / Eskimos