Bill Rooney

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Bill Rooney
Position: Running back
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Born:(1896-07-16)July 16, 1896
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 17, 1966(1966-03-17) (aged 69)
New York City, United States
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 194 lb (88 kg)
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William Rooney (July 16, 1896 – March 17, 1966) was a professional American football player who played running back for six seasons for the Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos, New York Giants, Brooklyn Lions, and Chicago Cardinals. [1]

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