The Steelers have partnered with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to host a panel discussion showcasing the legacy of Bill Nunn and his impact on the Steelers' franchise, the future of scouting and the NFL's connection to HBCUs.
This virtual event, moderated by NMAAHC's Curator of Sports Dr. Damion Thomas, will take place on Tuesday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m. EST via zoom and feature the following speakers.
• Brandon Hunt, Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Scouting Coordinator
• Donnie Shell, Former Steelers safety, 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
• Jarrett Bell, NFL Columnist, USA Today Sports
• James "Shack" Harris, Co-Founder of the Black College Football Hall of Fame
A former Steelers scout and assistant director of player personnel, Nunn was elected in the to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021, becoming the first black person to be elected to the contributor category.
Hired by the Steelers' scouting department in 1967, Nunn changed the course of college scouting by creating a pipeline between the Steelers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was instrumental in the selection or addition of dozens of players from either HBCU's or small colleges, including the likes of eventual Pro Football Hall of Famers Mel Blount (Southern), John Stallworth (Alabama A&M) and Donnie Shell (South Carolina State), as well as many others.
In addition to Nunn's illustrious NFL career, this panel of experts will discuss how the League can continue to prioritize HBCU athletes and advocate for equity and inclusion throughout the game of football.
Though tailored towards HBCU students and aspiring scouts, this free event is open to the public. Those interested in joining the discussion may register using the link below.