The Steelers are well represented among the Modern Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
Alan Faneca, a finalist the last five years, Hines Ward, a semifinalist for the fifth straight year, Heath Miller, who is eligible for the first time, Joey Porter, Casey Hampton and Gary Anderson are all nominees for the Class of 2021. In addition, Rohn Stark, who spent the 1995 season with the Steelers, is also a nominee.
In addition, Bill Nunn was selected as the Contributor Finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2021.
The complete list of Modern Era nominees includes a total of 130 players. The Modern Era nominees will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January.
The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will hold their annual meeting the Saturday before the Super Bowl. The finalists will go from 15 to 10, and then down to five. The Class of 2021 will be announced during the 'NFL Honors' show that evening.
The Steelers have three members of the Class of 2020, which is the Hall of Fame's Centennial Class, including Bill Cowher, Troy Polamalu and Donnie Shell. All three were to have been enshrined in August, but that ceremony will now take place in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 Hall of Fame Weekend will take place Aug. 5-8, 2021 in Canton, Ohio. The Steelers will play in the Hall of Fame game on Thursday, Aug. 5, against the Dallas Cowboys after the 2020 game was canceled. The Class of 2020 will be enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 7 and the Class of 2021 on Sunday, Aug. 8.