Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin was honored on Thursday night at the 17th Annual "Gala Pittsburgh Sports Night" when he was inducted into the North Side Hall of Fame.
The event, which was held at Heinz Field, benefits Northside Catholic School, providing assistance to help those unable to meet the financial requirements for a Catholic education and to aid the school's operation.
Tomlin has a passion for education and is involved with both the Pittsburgh Promise and Extra Mile Education Foundation. He also stresses the importance of education to his three children, as well as his players who he encourages to earn their degrees and never hesitate at the opportunity to continue their education.
"It's a humbling honor. I don't take it lightly," said Tomlin. "I understand what this particular community means to our city and region, not only present day but historically and it's something I am really excited to be a part of.
"I am a big dreamer. I have had a lot of help along the way in pursuit of my dreams. Education has been central to that. My wife and I value that. We don't get to do a lot of the things we would like to in our community, so we prioritize the things we put towards the top of the list, we believe things that are geared toward the children of this community and their future, specifically their education, is at the top of the list of things we want to be involved in."
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin was honored on Thursday night at the 17th Annual Gala Pittsburgh Sports Night when he was inducted into the North Side Hall of Fame.
Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, former Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy and Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik chaired the event, and Rooney took great pride in presenting Tomlin with his award.
"His commitment to education has a lot to do with him receiving this honor," said Rooney. "The committee thought very highly of what he does to promote education. He always talks about the importance and value of education, even with our players. He encourages them as they go up the ladder to get their college education, get business degrees and everything else. He always encourages those things.
"He is a great leader. He directs everyone he comes in contact with, gets along very well with everybody."
Also honored with induction into the North Side Hall of Fame was Rege Clous, the Director of Mechanical Contractors.
Steelers' players, including Will Gay, Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Worilds, along with Steelers and Pirates alumni and local college athletes, were on hand signing autographs and meet guests and a live and silent auction also highlighted the night.