Two recent Steelers and two from the past comprise the teams Class of 2019 Hall of Honor.
Saturday afternoon in Latrobe, the organization announced that former head coach Bill Cowher, wide receiver Hines Ward, tight end/tackle Larry Brown and tight end Elbie Nickel were voted in the Steelers Hall of Honor.
Larry Brown (1971-84): was the Steelers 1st round pick in 1971 and played tight end for his first seven seasons before moving to tackle for his final seven with the Black and Gold. Brown was voted to three Pro Bowls and to the Steelers All-Time Team. Brown is part of some exclusive company as one of only 22 players to play on all four of the Steelers Super Bowl winning teams in the 1970’s.
Elbie Nickel (1947-57): was a member of the Steelers All-Time Team as he finished with 329 catches and 37 touchdowns. The 329 receptions are the second most by a tight end in team history.
Bill Cowher (1992-2006): The Pittsburgh native led the Steelers to two Super Bowls, including beating Seattle in Super Bowl XL. Cowher led the team to 149 wins, 8 division championships and made the playoffs in 10 of his 15 seasons.
It is a true honor to be inducted into the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Honor. The @steelers organization and its tradition are one of the best in the @NFL & having grown up in Crafton, 4 miles from @heinzfield, this award is very SPECIAL and HUMBLING. Thank you Steeler Nation!
— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) July 27, 2019
Hines Ward (1998-2011): A two-time Super Bowl Champion, a 4-time Pro Bowl player and a member of the Steelers All-Time Team. Ward became the Steelers all-time leader in receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns.
The 2019 induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 29 at Heinz Field, the day before the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football.
The Steelers Hall of Honor, which was established in 2017, is a group of former Steelers players, coaches and front office personnel.
Steelers Defense First in 30 Years with Four Straight 50-Sack Seasons
PITTSBURGH — Stephon Tuitt’s third quarter sack of Philip Rivers gave the Steelers defensive unit at least 50 sacks in each of the last four seasons (2017-20). The Steelers are the first team in the NFL to record 50-plus sacks in four consecutive seasons since the New York Giants (1985-1988).
This marks yet another historic achievement for the Steelers defense. Earlier in the game, TJ Watt became the first player in the illustrious history of the Steelers franchise to record 14 or more sacks in multiple seasons while wearing black and gold.
Unlike the time period of the Steelers streak, the Giants were a consistent contender and won a Super Bowl during that span under Bill Parcells in the late 1980’s. After missing the playoffs in both 2018 and 2019, this Steelers team is assured a spot in the 2020 postseason. But just being in the playoffs is not enough on its won to secure receiving the respect of great defenses of the past.
TJ Watt Becomes First Steelers Player with Multiple 14-Sack Seasons
PITTSBURGH — While the Steelers defense joined NFL history with its streak of consecutive games with a sack a couple weeks ago, linebacker TJ Watt’s sack of Philip Rivers early in the first quarter of his team’s game against the Colts gave him an historic achievement all to himself.
Watt became the first player in the illustrious history of the Steelers franchise to record 14 or more sacks in multiple seasons while wearing black and gold. The 26-year-old linebacker continues a season that has him firmly in the discussion to earn his first career Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Watt is also on pace to surpass his previous career high for solo tackles in a season. He entered the game with 40 with 50 being his best total from the 2018 season.
Steelers to Announce 2020 Hall of Honor Class in Halftime Livestream
The Pittsburgh Steelers will announce their 2020 Hall of Honor class at halftime of the Week 16 meeting with the Indianapolis Colts in a livestream video presentation, the club announced Saturday night.
The event will be hosted by AT&T Sportsnet and ESPN Pittsburgh’s Stan Savran, and will provide fans a virtual tour of the new Hall of Honor display and include interviews from former Steelers players and coaches on the 2020 class.
As announced back in September, the safety Troy Polamalu, middle linebacker James Farrior, outside linebacker Greg Lloyd, safety Mike Wagner and defensive end Dwight White will be honored as the 2020 class.
Pittsburgh inducted 24 inaugural members when the Hall of Honor was created in 2017. The Steelers added five more inductees in 2018, while four new members were enshrined last year.