PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jack McGinley, the brother-in-law of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. and a part owner of the team, has died of cancer. He was 85.
Family members said McGinley, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday. McGinley also was a partner in a wholesale beer company.
He was married to the late Marie Ellen Rooney McGinley. She was one of eight children that included Art Rooney Sr., who founded the Steelers in 1933.
Though Rooney Sr. sold the Steelers to Alexis Thompson in 1941 and bought into the Philadelphia Eagles, he reacquired the Steelers less than a year later. McGinley's father, Jack, purchased a stake in the Steelers from Rooney in 1946.
Each of the elder McGinley's four children subsequently inherited part of the team. Two later died and their shares were bought by the Rooney family. Jack McGinley and his sister, Rita, owned the only remaining shares of the team not held by Art Rooney Sr.'s five sons - including Dan, the team chairman and a Hall of Fame executive.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1941, Jack McGinley did publicity work for the Steelers and a boxing club. At the time, the Steelers had few employees, ran a shoestring operation and often drew relatively small crowds.
McGinley attended Steelers games for years, but was not involved in the club's operation.