Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame

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The Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame (PPFHOF) is a nonprofit organization established in 2010. The PPFHOF is dedicated to honoring the greatest players, coaches and staff members in Pittsburgh professional history. Founded in 2010 and inducting its first hall of fame class in 2011, the PPFHOF is the first and only Pittsburgh-specific football hall of fame. The electorate is a broad cross section of former Steelers (including players Dermontti Dawson, Levon Kirkland, Andy Russell, Chad Brown, Ernie Mills, Roy Jefferson, Lee Flowers, Leon Searcy, Reggie Harrison, and radio announcer Bill Hillgrove among others)[1] and researchers specializing in Steelers history.[2] The PPFHOF is the only hall of fame specifically dedicated to football in the city of Pittsburgh[3] and inducts athletes, coaches and administrators,[3] based on football achievements, off-field citizenship and other intangibles that made him/her valuable to the organization and/or community. Nominees from Pittsburgh teams in other professional leagues, including the USFL, Arena League and any defunct or future leagues are also considered.[3] The PPFHOF Steering Committee is engaged in ongoing discussions regarding 1) the possible inclusion of college players and players from organized amateur leagues and 2) the feasibility of establishing a brick-and-mortar hall of fame in Pittsburgh.[4]

Voting Procedures[edit]

Each year, the PPFHOF board selects approximately twenty candidates to appear on the annual ballot. Electors will vote for a maximum of four players and a maximum of three coaches, scouts or staffers. There is no minimum number of votes a candidate must receive to remain on the ballot in subsequent years. Final results are announced each year in March.[5]

Hall of Fame Criteria[edit]

A player becomes eligible for consideration immediately following his retirement or departure from the Steelers with no mandatory waiting period. Coaches and staff members become eligible after retirement or after 15 years of cumulative service. Each nominee is graded on football achievements, off-field citizenship and other intangibles that made him/her valuable to the organization and/or community.[6]

Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

There have been four induction classes since the hall's inception, beginning in 2011 and continuing through 2014. The next class will be elected in March 2015.[7] 2011 Inaugural Class:
2011

Players
Joe Greene*
Jack Lambert*
Mel Blount*
Franco Harris*
Rod Woodson*
Jack Ham*
Mike Webster*
Dermontti Dawson*
Terry Bradshaw*
Ernie Stautner*

Coaches
Chuck Noll*
Bill Cowher

Administrators
Art Rooney, Sr.*
Dan Rooney*
Scouts
Bill Nunn
Dick Haley

2012 Class:
Players
Hines Ward
Jerome Bettis
Alan Faneca
John Stallworth*
Coach
John Mitchell
Administrator
Joe Carr
Scout
Phil Kreidler

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2013 Class:
Players
Andy Russell
L.C. Greenwood
Casey Hampton
Donnie Shell
Coach
Dick LeBeau*
Administrator
James Boston
Scout
Bob Schmitz

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2014 Class:
Players
Lynn Swann*
Carnell Lake
Greg Lloyd
Jack Butler*
Coach
Dick Hoak
Administrator
Mary Regan
Scout
Tom Modrak

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2015 Class:
Voting scheduled for March 2015

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* = Also a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame[8]

Retired Jersey Numbers[edit]

In addition to Hall of Fame inductions, the PPFHOF also symbolically "retires" jersey numbers. Following is the complete list.[9]

  • 1 - Gary Anderson
  • 12 - Terry Bradshaw
  • 31 - Donnie Shell
  • 32 - Franco Harris
  • 34 - Andy Russell
  • 35 - Bill Dudley
  • 35 - John Henry Johnson
  • 36 - Jerome Bettis
  • 45 - Ray Kemp*
  • 47 - Mel Blont
  • 52 - Mike Webster
  • 58 - Jack Lambert
  • 59 - Jack Ham
  • 63 - DermonttiDawson
  • 68 - L.C.Greenwood
  • 70 - Ernie Stautner
  • 75 - Joe Greene
  • 82 - John Stallworth
  • 86 - Hines Ward
  • 88 - Lynn Swann

* = The franchise's first African-American player (1933),[10] 14 years before Jackie Robinson broke the MLB racial barrier.[11]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electorate. Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  2. ^ Home page. Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  3. ^ a b c About Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  4. ^ Future Plans. Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  5. ^ Voting. Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  6. ^ Hall of Fame Criteria. Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  7. ^ Inductees. Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  8. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame members. Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  9. ^ Retired Numbers. Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  10. ^ Ray Kemp Statistics. Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  11. ^ Jackie Robinson Integration. Jackie Robinson's official website. Retrieved 2014-04-02.