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Shame on YOU Mr Rooney

Being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan for 40 of my 47 years has been a real honor to my family and I. I have spent a great deal of my families recreational spending on Pittsburgh Steelers novelties, Northern California Steelers games and postage trying for a chance to purchase Super Bowl tickets. This year my wife and I purchased 49ers season tickets just to ensure we could get tickets for the Steelers vs. 49ers game. I also attended my very first Pittsburg Steelers football game in Pittsburg Heinz Field. As soon as I depart the plane I knew that I was home with the Franco Harris statue in the airport, it was a dream come true. I enjoyed this game very much and bragged to my friends when I returned home.

My wife and I attend the Raiders vs. 49ers game (see enclosed photo I’m wearing the Blue Stanford Shirt with wife standing behind me for cover) the same week and we were traumatized at the amount of violence at that game. I felt a need to let the 49ers know that I was deeply concerned regarding the safety of my wife or family attending future games. Tyson Lamps phoned me right away to reassure me that measures were being taken to rectify my concerns. Then came the most disconcerting moment in my life as a California Pittsburgh Steelers Fan. My wife and I were able to upgrade our tickets to the Pittsburg Steelers vs. the 49ers game to a luxury Suite. At approximately 5:12PM I was returning back to the Luxury Suite when I noticed a man whom I spent years admiring. He was being escorted by two men one in front of him and one behind him with each being equally spaced distances between them.

It was Dan Rooney, to my delight I started to tell him how long I had been a Steelers Fan and about my first trip to Pittsburgh to see a Steelers Home game earlier this year. That I thought the Steelers were a extraordinary organization and I was proud to support them. The whole time Mr Rooney never broke stride while walking to his Luxury Suite # 80. What I happen next has left me heavyhearted regarding my support for the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. I asked Mr Rooney if I could take his picture he quickly replied NO and kept on walking. I could not believe my ears and was totally astonished. It seems that there are double standards for the owners and players.

The players are encouraged to socialize with the fans and sign autographs as this is a great marketing tool, and protect the shield. But as an owner who has reaped the rewards of dedicated fans like me his entire life and you don’t have 30 seconds to take a picture (Really Shame on you Mr Rooney) you have left me confused and a bitter taste in my mouth regarding my continual support of an organization that your father has built to what it is today. I think the Mr Dan Rooney should refresh and re-read his own mission statement.

Steelers Community Relations Mission Statement

The Pittsburgh Steelers are proud to be a part of the western Pennsylvania community. The organization’s strong commitment to this area dates back to 1933 when Arthur J. Rooney first founded the team. Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II are known as two of the most active NFL owners and are some of Pittsburgh’s most involved executives in civic affairs. Steelers players, coaches and front office staff are involved in appearances, charitable donations and outreach programs with nonprofit and community groups. It’s our way of giving back to the community that has given us so much for more than 75 years!

Sincerely

Terry Smith




Being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan for 40 of my 47 years has been a real honor to my family and I. I have spent a great deal of my families recreational spending on Pittsburgh Steelers novelties, Northern California Steelers games and postage trying for a chance to purchase Super Bowl tickets. This year my wife and I purchased 49ers season tickets just to ensure we could get tickets for the Steelers vs. 49ers game. I also attended my very first Pittsburg Steelers football game in Pittsburg Heinz Field. As soon as I depart the plane I knew that I was home with the Franco Harris statue in the airport, it was a dream come true. I enjoyed this game very much and bragged to my friends when I returned home.

My wife and I attend the Raiders vs. 49ers game (see enclosed photo I’m wearing the Blue Stanford Shirt with wife standing behind me for cover) the same week and we were traumatized at the amount of violence at that game. I felt a need to let the 49ers know that I was deeply concerned regarding the safety of my wife or family attending future games. Tyson Lamps phoned me right away to reassure me that measures were being taken to rectify my concerns. Then came the most disconcerting moment in my life as a California Pittsburgh Steelers Fan. My wife and I were able to upgrade our tickets to the Pittsburg Steelers vs. the 49ers game to a luxury Suite. At approximately 5:12PM I was returning back to the Luxury Suite when I noticed a man whom I spent years admiring. He was being escorted by two men one in front of him and one behind him with each being equally spaced distances between them.

It was Dan Rooney, to my delight I started to tell him how long I had been a Steelers Fan and about my first trip to Pittsburgh to see a Steelers Home game earlier this year. That I thought the Steelers were a extraordinary organization and I was proud to support them. The whole time Mr Rooney never broke stride while walking to his Luxury Suite # 80. What I happen next has left me heavyhearted regarding my support for the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. I asked Mr Rooney if I could take his picture he quickly replied NO and kept on walking. I could not believe my ears and was totally astonished. It seems that there are double standards for the owners and players.

The players are encouraged to socialize with the fans and sign autographs as this is a great marketing tool, and protect the shield. But as an owner who has reaped the rewards of dedicated fans like me his entire life and you don’t have 30 seconds to take a picture (Really Shame on you Mr Rooney) you have left me confused and a bitter taste in my mouth regarding my continual support of an organization that your father has built to what it is today. I think the Mr Dan Rooney should refresh and re-read his own mission statement.

Steelers Community Relations Mission Statement

The Pittsburgh Steelers are proud to be a part of the western Pennsylvania community. The organization’s strong commitment to this area dates back to 1933 when Arthur J. Rooney first founded the team. Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II are known as two of the most active NFL owners and are some of Pittsburgh’s most involved executives in civic affairs. Steelers players, coaches and front office staff are involved in appearances, charitable donations and outreach programs with nonprofit and community groups. It’s our way of giving back to the community that has given us so much for more than 75 years!

Sincerely

Terry Smith

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