Bill Rooney

  • Duluth Kelleys / Eskimos (1923-1925, 1927)
  • New York Giants (1925 )
  • Brooklyn Lions (1926 )
  • Chicago Cardinals (1929 )


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

Playing career

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

In 1923 Bill and his brother Joe the Duluth Kelleys joined, trained by Joey Sternaman. In them followed her brother Cobb. The team from Duluth was initially owned by their players. In 1924, Dewey Scanlon took over as coach in the team from Minnesota. The Kelleys have won five of their six games and thus occupy the fourth place in the NFL. Bill Rooney moved in 1925 to the newly founded New York Giants to return in the course of the season to the Kelleys. In 1926 he ran for the Brooklyn Lions that have only been passed a year and disbanded after a game round. Again he returned to his first professional team, in the meantime Ernie Nevers had taken over as coach. After the 1927 season the meantime renamed Eskimos team from Duluth had to suspend the operation of gambling due to financial problems. In the season 1929 William Rooney ran on to the Chicago Cardinals. There he met again his two brothers. After that season Bill Rooney ended his professional career.