POINT BREEZE (KDKA) — Support for the Pittsburgh Steelers is shown in many ways.
The St. Bede statute outside St. Bede Parish in Point Breeze is draped in a Steelers cap and scarf.
Could this be a sign of divine support for the black and gold?
“Well it’s cold, it’s wintertime, you know, and St. Bede must get a little cool with this weather,” Fr. Edward Bryce explains. “Actually it’s some of the parishioners – they did it the last time they won the Super Bowl and they couldn’t wait this time.”
This statue is an example of a long historical connection between the parish, the Rooneys and the Steelers.
“One of the earliest families here was the McGinley family, who are involved with the Rooneys. Marie McGinley was Art Rooney’s sister and married Jack McGinley.”
Art Rooney II and his family attend this parish along with some of the coaches. Father Bryce was a classmate with Dan Rooney at North Catholic High School. He hopes the statue sends a message to the bookies in Las Vegas.
“The bettors were saying the Packers have the edge in the game – well that doesn’t mean anything to me,” Father Bryce said. “I know a whole lot of sisters the nuns that are praying for the Steelers and that’s a far bigger, higher power than anything Las Vegas can come up with. So my money is on the Steelers.”
And if all those prayers are answered and the Steelers bring home their seventh Super Bowl trophy, don’t be surprised if you see a Super Bowl hat on the St. Bede statue.