is co-author, with Rob Zellers, of the one-man play
"The Chief" starring Tom Atkins and based
on the life of Arthur J. Rooney. "The Chief"
is the most successful production in the distinguished
history of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Reproduced
in print for the first time, the work is complemented
by photographs of Rooney, his family, and members
of the Steelers, along with scenes from the standout
performance of actor Tom Atkins, who has embodied
the role since the play's inception.
"The Chief is absolutely
wonderful. The dialogue is phenomenal."
- Tunch Ilkin, former Steelers
offensive lineman and current Steelers radio analyst
"In The Chief, Rob Zellers
and Gene Collier have succeeded in turning Steelers'
owner Art Rooney from legend to man and then back
to legend again-and in so doing, they have captured
what made him and his hometown so great-authenticity,
toughness, heart, and humor."
- Carl Kurlander, University
of Pittsburgh, Visiting Distinguished
Senior Lecturer; screenwriter (St. Elmo's Fire, My
Tale of Two Cities)