The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their 2019 class for the Hall Of Honor on Saturday in Latrobe. Joining the 32 members already enshrined, former players, coaches, and contributors are eligible for induction. Players must be retired from the NFL for at least three years and played a minimum of three seasons with the Steelers. The 2019 inductees are:
Elbie Nickel, TE (1947-57)
After serving in WWII, Nickel was drafted in the 17th round of the 1947 draft. In his eleven seasons with the Steelers, Nickel earned three Pro Bowl selections while catching 329 passes for 5,131 yards and 37 touchdowns. Nickel passed away in 2007.
Larry Brown, TE/RT (1971-84)
Drafted in the first round of the 1971 draft, Brown play tight end for the Steelers from 1971 to 1976 catching 64 passes for 908 yards and 29 touchdowns. Brown transitioned to offensive tackle in 1977, earnings three Pro Bowls. Brown is one of 22 players to win four Super Bowl’s with the Steelers.
Bill Cowher, Head Coach (1992-2006)
After playing in the NFL from 1979 to 1984 with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, Cowher joined the Browns coaching staff in 1985. After acting as the Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator from 1989-1991, Cowher became the first new Pittsburgh Steelers head coach in over 20 years. Cowher gave the Steelers their first Super Bowl victory in nearly 30 years defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Cowher’s overall NFL head coaching record was 161-99-1 (.618).
Hines Ward, WR (1998-2011)
Drafted it in the third round of the 1998 draft out of the University of Georgia, Hines Ward is a three time team MVP and four time Pro Bowler. A two time Super Bowl champion, Ward was the MVP of Super Bowl XL. With exactly 1,000 career receptions, Ward had 12,083 receiving yards and 85 touchdowns.
The Hall Of Honor induction will be held in the FedEx Great Hall at Heinz Field on September 29, 2019. A ceremony will be held at half time of the Monday Night Football game at Heinz Field against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2019.
The full announcement of the 2019 inductees can be seen here: