The Steelers announced James Farrior, Greg Lloyd, Troy Polamalu, Mike Wagner and Dwight White will join their Hall of Honor.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 26, 2020
Polamalu, who will officially be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year, will now also headline this Steelers Hall of Honor class. The team’s first-round pick in 2013 out of USC, Polamalu is widely regarded as one of the best safeties of all-time. He was named to eight Pro Bowls, four First-Team All-Pro teams, and won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. The safety known for his high-flying style also earned two Super Bowl rings in his 12 seasons in Pittsburgh.
Greg Lloyd served a pivotal role in the Steelers defenses of the 90s. Lloyd recorded 53.5 sacks, 34 fumbles. His best seasons came from 1993-1995, each of which earned him First-Team All-Pro recognition.
Linebacker James Farrior signed with the Steelers as a free agent in 2002. He won two Super Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2004.
Mike Wagner and Dwight “Mad Dog” White provide the “Steel Curtain” era of the 1970’s representation in this year’s class. Wagner and White were both part of 4 Super Bowl championship teams during their decade with the Steelers. Statistically, Wagner recorded 36 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries while White ranks 10th in franchise history with 46 sacks.
It was an honor to play with some of these greats!! This class is more than deserving, these men are leaders who set the example.
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) September 26, 2020
In 2017, the Steelers opened their Hall of Honor and inducted 24 inaugural members. They then added five more inductees the next year. Four new members joined last season.
Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw Used Tom Brady as Alias for Elbow Surgery in 1983
Professional athletes are some of the most recognizable figures in the world, and often do what they can to avoid drawing attention beyond the field.
That was the case for Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who donned an alias to undergo elbow surgery in 38 years ago today in 1983.
According to The Pittsburgh Press, Bradshaw was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital in Louisiana on March 3, 1983 under the pseudonym “Thomas Brady.”
On this date in 1983, the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history checked into a Louisiana hospital using an assumed name. pic.twitter.com/Yr3ujc0fHC— Quirky Research (@QuirkyResearch) March 3, 2021
Yes, you read that right. Bradshaw was admitted under the alias “Tom Brady.”
“Many times, we have to admit people under and assumed name or under no name to keep the press and fans away,” hospital administrator Charles Boyd told The Pittsburgh Press.
Little did Bradshaw know that the real Tom Brady was just a six-year-old in Northern California learning the game of football nearly two decades before achieving his own NFL stardom. Fast forward to 2021, Brady is fresh off a seventh Super Bowl title and widely considered the greatest player of all time.
Brady (7) and Bradshaw (4) have won the most and second-most Super Bowls by a quarterback in NFL history, respectively. Bradshaw’s alias is just another thread intertwining the two legends beyond winning.
The surgery was the beginning of the end for Bradshaw, who played just one game in the 1983 season before calling it a career.
Former Steelers WR Eli Rogers Signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouette
Former Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers will play the 2021 season in the Canadian Football League, Rogers announced via social media on Tuesday.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver has signed to play with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.
As long as you move forward in faith, everything else will fall into place. I am grateful and excited for this opportunity to play for the @MTLAlouettes this season. #TheMarathonContinues #ThisStoryGettingGood #bELIeve #17 pic.twitter.com/3a5nC7z6tr
— E L I (@__bELIeve17) March 2, 2021
Rogers spent the 2020 spring with the DC Defenders of the XFL, and finished the pandemic-abbreviated season with 19 catches for 164 yards, both second on the Defenders.
The Steelers released Rogers on the eve of the 2019 season after he spent three seasons with the club after singing as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2015. He finished his time in Pittsburgh with 78 catches for 822 yards and four touchdowns over 30 games, 15 of which were starting assignments.
The CFL did not play its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free agency period for the 2021 season opened on Feb. 9. The teams will play a 21-game schedule beginning on June 10 and wrapping with the 108th playing of the Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ontario on Nov. 21.
Remembering Steelers Broadcaster Myron Cope
Steelers national lost one of its most enduring figures 13 years ago on Feb. 27, 2008, when legendary team broadcaster and Pittsburgh-area journalist Myron Cope died at the age of 79.
Born Myron Sidney Kopelman, the Taylor Allderdice and Pitt graduate was a sportswriter with the Erie Daily Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sports Illustrated and Saturday Evening Post before taking to broadcasting.
Cope started as the Steelers’ radio color analyst in 1970, and over his 35-year career with the team, Cope became a huge fan favorite with his comedic personality, colorful catchphrases, nasal voice and Pittsburgh accent. Cope’s most enduring contribution to Steelers fandom came in 1975, when he invented the Terrible Towel, the proceeds from which he later donated to the Allegheny Valley School for children with intellectual and physical disabilities in Coraopolis.
After his retirement, Cope was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first team color analyst to have that honor bestowed upon him. Cope was also the first pro football broadcaster to be elected to the Radio Hall of Fame.
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