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Steelers Scout Bill Nunn Voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021

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Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers scout Bill Nunn, Jr. has been selected as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021, according to multiple media reports.

Nunn, who died in 2014, was a key figure in the Steelers’ success in the 1970s and helped revolutionize the scouting process for players at historically black colleges and universities, that had been previously underrepresented in the NFL.

He worked for the Steelers for 46 years, starting as a part-time scout in 1967 and was a part of all six of team’s Super Bowl titles.

A Homewood native, Nunn attended Westinghouse High School and played basketball West Virginia State College before moving on to a career in journalism with the Pittsburgh Courier, where he was a sportswriter, sports editor and eventually managing editor of what was at the time one of the most influential black publications in the country.

It was while he was with the Courier that Nunn first attempted to gain recognition for athletes at traditionally black schools, creating a black college All-America list. The Steelers noticed and hired him in 1968 to their scouting department.

In 1969, thanks to Nunn’s scouting, the Steelers struck gold by landing defensive end L.C. Greenwood out of Arkansas Pine-Bluff in the 10th round of the NFL Draft. In 1970, they look Mel Blount out of Southern in the third round. In 1972, they got Ernie Holmes from Texas Southern in the eighth round and in 1974, in one of the best draft classes in NFL history, the Steelers took John Stallworth from Alabama A&M in the fourth round and signed Donnie Shell from South Carolina State as an undrafted free agent.

Blount and Stallworth have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Shell is scheduled to as part of the Class of 2020.

Both Steelers president Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin made public cases for Nunn’s enshrinement.

“His legacy and career deserve to be recognized with the greatest individual honor in football,” Rooney said.

“There is no way the Class of 2021 can be complete without the legend, Bill Nunn, being a part of it,” Tomlin said.

Nunn was the lone finalist recommended by the nine-member contributor committee. The Steelers have not had any nominated through the contributor committee, which dates back to 2015, though executives Art Rooney (1964) and Dan Rooney (2000) were previously enshrined.

Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts general manger Bill Polian presented the case for Nunn’s enshrinement to the 48-person selection committee.

“He was the authority, while working for the (Pittsburgh) Courier, on HBCU football. He might well have been termed the Scout-in-Chief of HBCU football,” Polian said. “Bill Nunn helped create one of the greatest teams of all time.”

The voting committee is made up of one media representative from each pro football city and 16 at-large members. Finalists must have received at least 80 percent of the vote to be selected.

Nunn is the 24th person primarily associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers to be selected to the hall. Former Steelers guard Alan Faneca is a modern-era finalist in the Class of 2021.

The Class of 2021 will be enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 8, 2021.

Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and safeties Troy Polamalu and Shell will also be enshrined this August as members of the Class of 2020, whose enshrinement was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Who’s the Greatest Quarterback in Steelers History?

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Since it’s possible Ben Roethlisberger has played his last game as a Steeler, it’s only natural to start reflecting back on his legacy and determine how to put his career it in its proper perspective.

There’s no debate needed about if Roethlisberger will someday be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s a lock for Canton. But when you play for an historic franchise rich with success and legendary figures, being an NFL all-time great doesn’t necessarily guarantee you are also labeled the best at your position in the history of the team. While Roethlisberger has the clear edge in statistics, some older Pittsburgh fans will forever proclaim he’s only the second greatest quarterback in Steelers history.

Terry Bradshaw’s numbers don’t hold up well with elite quarterbacks of later generations, but he did lead the Black and Gold to 4 Super Bowl titles, earning Super Bowl MVP honors twice, which is something Roethlisberger failed to accomplish in either of his two championship seasons.

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Tickets on Sale for 2021 Hall of Fame Game Between Steelers, Cowboys

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The NFL’s Hall of Fame Game will return in 2021 after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Dallas Cowboys in a matchup between two of the league’s most stored franchises, a meeting that was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020. As of now, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is going forward with plans to have fans in attendance for the August enshrinement ceremonies and the game.

The game is scheduled to kick off the 2021 NFL preseason in Canton, Ohio at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 5 during enshrinement weekend, a weekend that is already expected to be in large part about the Steelers franchise. Steelers Class of 2021 inductees Alan Fanceca and Bill Nunn will be officially enshrined along with Class of 2020 honorees Bill Cowher, Troy Polamalu, Donnie Shell, and Pitt’s Jimbo Covert.

The Class of 2020 enshrinement ceremony will be on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Class of 2021 will be honored on Sunday, Aug. 8.

The Steelers and Cowboys will both be playing in the Hall of Fame game for the seventh time, but have never faced one another in the game.

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Evaluating Maurkice Pouncey’s Hall of Fame Credentials

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Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey retired after 11 seasons with the team late last week. The veteran departs after being one of the best centers in the NFL for most of his career, and that has many wondering if Pouncey’s next stop will be the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

So how does Pouncey’s stack up against those that have already been enshrined and those that have been left on the outside looking in? Let’s take a look.

The first strike against Pouncey is that there aren’t a whole lot of direct comparisons to players in Canton. Just 13 players ever have been inducted as a center and seven of them played all or most of their careers before the NFL/AFL merger. The six modern-era centers to make the hall are Jim Langer, Mike Webster, Dwight Stephenson, Dermontti Dawson, Mick Tingelhoff and Kevin Mawae. Here are their credentials that led to their enshrinement:

Jim Langer, Miami Dolphins & Minnesota Vikings
Seasons played: 12
Pro Bowls: 6
First-team All-Pros: 3
Second-team All-Pros: 3
All-Decade Team: 1970s
Super Bowl: 2 wins

Mike Webster, Pittsburgh Steelers & Kansas City Chiefs
Seasons played: 17
Pro Bowls: 9
First-team All-Pros: 7
Second-team All-Pros: 0
All-Decade Team: 1970s and 1980s
Super Bowl: 4 wins

Dwight Stephenson, Miami Dolphins
Seasons played: 8
Pro Bowls: 5
First-team All-Pros: 5
Second-team All-Pros: 1
All-Decade Team: 1980s
Super Bowl: 2 appearances


Dermontti Dawson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Seasons played: 12
Pro Bowls: 7
First-team All-Pros: 6
Second-team All-Pros: 0
All-Decade Team: 1990s
Super Bowl: 1 appearance

Mick Tingelhoff, Minnesota Vikings
Seasons played: 17
Pro Bowls: 6
First-team All-Pros: 5
Second-team All-Pros: 2
All-Decade Team: None
Super Bowl: 4 appearances

Kevin Mawae, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans
Seasons played: 16
Pro Bowls: 8
First-team All-Pros: 7
Second-team All-Pros: 1
All-Decade Team: 2000s
Super Bowl: none

Here’s Pouncey’s credentials, along with where he would rank amongst the other six modern-era inductees.

Seasons played: 11 (fifth)
Pro Bowls: 9 (tied-first)
First-team All-Pros: 5 (tied-fourth)
Second-team All-Pros: 2 (tied-second)
All-Decade Team: 2010s
Super Bowl: one appearance

It seems clear that Pouncey belongs with that group, if toward the back of it. One thing working in his favor is that there does not seem to be another player more deserving at the position waiting ahead of him. There were no semifinalists at center in the 2021 Hall of Fame class.

Only former Steelers guard Alan Faneca (who was voted in) and former Cincinnati Bengals tackle Willie Anderson and Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli were offensive linemen among the 25 semifinalists.

Perhaps if Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce ends up in the same pool as Pouncey, he could emerge ahead of the Pittsburgh lineman, but he has fewer Pro Bowls (four), first-team All-Pros (three) and was not part of an all-decade team. He did win Super Bowl LII with Philadelphia.

Alex Mack, the other center on the 2010s All-Decade team, is a six-time Pro Bowler and a three-time, second-team All-Pro.

Pouncey does not appear to be a slam dunk for the hall, but he is not out of place among the group of already inducted centers and there doesn’t appear to be a more deserving center candidate that will be considered any time soon.

The bad news for Pouncey is that enshrinement rarely comes quickly for centers. Langer was elected in his first year of eligibility. Webster went in seven years after his retirement — two more than the required five. Stephenson waited nine years, Mawae 10, Dawson 12 and Tingelhoff 37.

So even though Pouncey is eligible to be a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2026, it’s a good bet this is a discussion that will go on even longer than that.

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