PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced plans for a Hall of Honor, it was announced today by the team. The Hall of Honor will induct former players, coaches, and front office personnel who were integral in creating and sustaining the franchise's success dating back to when the team was founded in 1933.
"The Hall of Honor will serve as a tribute to the many individuals who have contributed greatly throughout the history of our franchise," Steelers President Art Rooney II said. "This is probably long overdue, and we are excited to begin the process of recognizing these individuals and their accomplishments, both on and off the field, during an annual series of ceremonies."
The Hall of Honor's Inaugural Class will be announced on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The formal induction ceremony will take place during Alumni Weekend (Nov. 25-26), and the inaugural class will be introduced during halftime of the Steelers game vs. the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 26.
Each inductee will receive a replica of a solid steel football, which will replicate the original that was given to Steelers' founder Art Rooney Sr. by the United States Steel Corporation and United Steel Workers in 1982 on the occasion of the team's 50th Season. They will be part of a display to be located inside the FedEx Great Hall at Heinz Field.
The following are the guidelines for eligibility to be considered for the Steelers' Hall of Honor:
• Retired for at least three seasons
• Must have played for the Steelers for a minimum of three seasons
• Should possess noteworthy career highlights, records, and achievements
FORMER COACHES AND CONTRIBUTORS:
• Significant contributions to the team and community
This year's Hall of Honor Selection Committee consists of Steelers President Art Rooney II, Joe Gordon, Bob Labriola, Stan Savran, and Tony Quatrini.