And here is why. The organization is classy. Now the players don't all walk around lockstep or live out the faith perfectly. But I would say the owner comes closer to it than most people I know, let alone people with money.
Football doesn't mean beans compared to God, but we all are called to live our faith in the world. Rooney is an example of this, from:
Though most NFL teams train during the off-season right outside their corporate headquarters, the Steelers train at the St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa. Rooney told the Register it’s “inspirational” to work in the presence of Catholic brothers, deacons and priests.
to this fabulous quote,
“If you want a successful life, you have to put yourself in the hands of God,” Rooney said, as his team prepared for Super Bowl XL. “I’m not saying God runs the ball for us, but it’s tremendously helpful to be in relationship with him when striving to achieve.”
Interesting to note how many Catholic owners there are in the NFL world. The late Wellington Mara of the Giants and Pat Bowlen of the Broncos are two more. Nice see a great example of living your faith quietly but without compromise in the professional sports arena.