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Hoge, Rooney II, Brown Speak at Hall of Honor Announcement Ceremony



Steelers Merril Hoge

UNITY TWP, Pa. — The Steelers make a point to try to represent as many different eras of their rich history as possible with each Hall of Honor class. This year’s class filled that objective perfectly with Elbie Nickel (1947-57), Larry Brown (1971-84), Bill Cowher (1992-2006), Hines Ward (1998-2014) joining the ranks of legends.

Among the highlights from the announcement ceremony, which took place on the second day of training camp at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was Larry Brown, who many fans may remember from his famous Super Bowl catch as a tight end, explaining his transition to offensive tackle in the middle of his career.

Team president Art Rooney II spoke about the difficulty in selecting which players to immortalize in the Hall of Honor. He even turned to Brown and reiterated how it’s especially tough to pick between players who played most of their careers in the 1970’s.

Merril Hoge hosted ceremony, joking with those in attendance about the weight of the steel football trophy each inductee receives.