The National Football Foundation has unveiled the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, and a pair of former Pittsburgh Steelers are up for consideration.
Former Steelers linebacker Levon Kirkland and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El are both on the ballot and vying for enshrinement in Atlanta.
A 1991 consensus All-American and three-time All-ACC selection, Kirkland was an imposing force for the Clemson Tigers in the early 90s. Selected by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft, Kirkland played the first nine years of his career with the Steelers. He ended his career with 1,026 total tackles, 19.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles and eleven interceptions. Kirkland earned a pair of Pro Bowl nods and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
Before he was catching passes for the Steelers, Randle El was a First-Team All-American quarterback at Indiana. He passed for 7,469 yards and 42 touchdowns with 37 interceptions, while also rushing for 3,895 yards and 44 scores. Upon leaving Bloomington, Randle El became the first player in FBS history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in career.
He finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2001, and was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Randle El played nine season with the Steelers and Washington, and won Super Bowl XL with Pittsburgh.
But Kirkland and Randle El are not the only players with Steeler connections on the ballot.
Offensive tackle Flozell Adams, who played the final season of his career in Pittsburgh in 2010, is a candidate from Michigan State. Also, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, the late father of Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward, is up for enshrinement as well out of Pittsburgh.