The Pittsburgh Steelers started the Hall of Honor in 2017 when they decided to do their own version of what many teams already do in a rings of honor. A way for the organization to honor those deserving credit and acknowledgement for what they did for the Steelers, even if their career didn’t result in them being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
To be selected to the Hall of Honor, those selected do not have to be players, but can be contributors to the team as scouts, coaches and owners. Players must have been a member of the Steelers for at least three seasons and have been retired for at least three years.
The 2020 class is the fourth class of the Hall of Honor and includes the following players:
DE — Dwight White
DB — Mike Wagner
ILB — James Farrior
OLB — Greg Lloyd
S — Troy Polamalu
The induction ceremony, which typically takes place during a regular season game, is being put on hold until fans can be in attendance at Heinz Field.
The Steelers organization likes to have as many decades as possible represented when creating a class for the Hall of Honor, and you can see the dynasty of the 1970s, the 80s and 90s and the 2000s all represented in this five person class.
Something which is new to the Hall of Honor is a class which consists of all players, and also all defenders. Fitting when you think about what the Steelers are known for around the league, defense.
Both Dwight White and Mike Wagner spent their career with the Steelers through the 1970s. Both players were selected in the 1971 draft as White was taken in the fourth round out of Texas A&M-Commerce while Wagner was selected in the 11th round out of Western Illinois. Both players won four Super Bowl rings with the Steelers and each player was a two-time Pro Bowler (White in 1972 and 1973, Wagner in 1975 and 1976). White had seven fumble recovery’s and four interceptions over his career. Ironically, White’s interceptions were only in two different games as the only time he ever picked off a professional pass he was able to do it twice on the same day. Mike Wagner had 41 interceptions over the course of his NFL career with the only season in which he did not register a pick being 1977 where he only appeared in three games. Wagner led the NFL in interceptions in 1973 with 8.
Greg Lloyd was drafted in the sixth round of the 1987 draft by the Steelers out of Fort Valley State. Playing 10 years in Pittsburgh before finishing his career in Carolina, Lloyd was a five-time Pro Bowler and three time All-Pro linebacker. In Pittsburgh, Lloyd had 34 forced fumbles, 56.5 sacks, and 10 interceptions.
James Farrior was the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 1997 NFL draft by the New York Jets. Coming out of Virginia, Farrior had mediocre stats in his time in New York but really came into his own when he joined the Steelers in 2002. Farrior has two Super Bowl rings as well as being a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro player in Pittsburgh. In his 10 years in the steel city, Farrior had 10 interceptions, 33 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, and over 1000 tackles.
Troy Polamalu was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2003 draft and spent all 12 seasons of his NFL career in Pittsburgh. Polamalu was an eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro safety as well as being a member of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Polamalu had 35 career interceptions with the Steelers and had six defensive touchdowns including the playoffs.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news on the 2020 Steelers as they prepare for the Houston Texans at Heinz Field this Sunday at Heinz Field.
To watch the full induction ceremony, check the video below: