Steelers CB Ike Taylor Shares A Special Bond With Chairman Dan Rooney

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is one of my favorite players not only on the field, but off of it as well. He is as straight forward and honest as they come and a hoot to listen to interviews.

Many of you might already be aware of the special bond that Taylor has with Dan Rooney, and it is on full display in the latest video on steelers.com that features the veteran defensive back sitting down to interview the Steelers Chairman.

During the interview, Taylor gets Rooney to talk about his time over in Ireland where he served as the United States Ambassador as well as talking about letting the former fourth-round draft pick sleep on his office couch several years ago.

As far as his down time goes since returning from overseas, Rooney says that he and his wife like to attend other sporting events.

“I like to go to some sporting events,” said Rooney. “My wife is a much bigger sports fan than me. She loves hockey. I like to go to basketball games to see Pitt play and Duquesne – Robert Morris; they have some good basketball here.”

Speaking of hockey, the city of Pittsburgh can thank the great Art Rooney Sr. for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as he used his influence and money to get an expansion NHL team in 1967. He was a minority owner of the Penguins until 1970.

At the end of the interview, Rooney praises the character of not only Taylor, but his son as well.

“Ike has a son that\’s a very nice young man, and he\’s going to grow up; I think, to be a fine person like his father.”

Who knows, in 15 years we just might see Ike Taylor Jr. in a Steelers uniform. I do hope, however, that he has better hands than his old man does.

Ike Taylor Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney fist bump

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  • Shea Fahr

    That was a GREAT interview!! There is definitely a lot of love and respect like a Family.

  • Dom

    Ike is my man crush

  • cencalsteeler

    The handshake is just awesome!!!

  • alex

    wow, thats all good stuff…gone for four years and now back to show those that are hear about those who have come before and what its like to live up to the steeler history of greatness, selflessness, and respect!

  • steves

    Great article and interview by Ike. Wonder what he was so tired from? It is good to have Mr Rooney back,, cause there has been something missing since he left. With all the missing pieces in place were ready to win another SuperBowl.

  • hergieburbur

    Love the video, and LOVE the last sentence of the article!

  • westcoasteeler

    There are so many positive elements to this. Pops’ Pittsburgh accent makes me miss home!

  • Luke Shabro

    Ike is such a classy guy and you can always see the mutual respect between he and Mr. Rooney.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Rooney is my man crush….look at that stud!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Your Avatar pic is pretty awesome!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Hey thumbs up there Sheat-head! JK!