Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is one of eight first-time eligible players nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
The Hall of Fame released its list of 122 modern-era nominees on Thursday, and Polamalu joins five other former Steelers on the list.
Guard Alan Faneca is on the list after being a finalist in 2019. Wide receiver Hines Ward was a semifinalist last year. Kicker Gary Anderson, linebacker James Farrior and nose tackle Casey Hampton are also on the ballot.
The list of modern-era candidates will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists by January 2020. The finalists will then be voted on before Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
This year’s class will also include 10 senior players (retired for more than 25 seasons), three contributors and two coaches, and increased class size to coincide with the NFL’s 100th season. The Class of 2020 will be officially enshrined Aug. 6-9, 2020.
The Steelers have 18 players and three contributors that are primarily associated with the team: owners Art (1964) and Dan (1993) Rooney, head coach Chuck Noll (2000), running back Jerome Bettis (2015), cornerback Mel Blount (1989), quarterback Terry Bradshaw (1989), cornerback Jack Butler (2012), center Dermontti Dawson (2012), running back Bill Dudley (1966), defensive tackle Joe Greene (1987), linebacker Jack Ham (1988), running back Franco Harris (1990), running back John Henry Johnson (1987), guard Walt Kiesling (1966), linebacker Jack Lambert (1990), quarterback Bobby Layne (1967), wide receiver John Stallworth (2002), defensive tackle Ernie Stautner (1969), wide receiver Lynn Swann (2001), center Mike Webster (1997) and cornerback Rod Woodson (2009).