The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that the franchise will unveil the new Hall of Honor to spotlight their greatest performers through the years.
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, President Art Rooney II said that The Hall of Honor will induct former players, coaches and front office personnel who were important to the franchise that 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,” Rooney said in a statement. “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.”
It was Rooney’s idea to have such a vehicle to honor Steelers greats and he has been working on developing it for a while. The Hall of Honor’s inaugural class will be revealed Aug. 29 and the formal induction ceremony will take place during the team’s alumni weekend Nov. 25-26.
"The first class will be introduced during halftime at Heinz Field of their game against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 26. The Packers not only won the first two Super Bowls and also are one of the storied NFL franchises, they have the oldest and best Hall of Fame of all the NFL teams, located at Lambeau Field, that has become a destination visit in itself."
"The Steelers, at least initially, will have a display for The Hall of Honor inside the FedEx Great Hall at Heinz Field."
The only thing left to decide, wrote the Post-Gazette, is whom the Steelers will induct as their inaugural class. They certainly have many choices, starting with the 24 Pro Football Hall of Famers they claim as their own.
The newspaper suggested a "Mount Rushmore" of franchise founder Art Rooney Sr., his son Dan Rooney, coach Chuck Noll and the acknowledged most important player in team history, Joe Greene.