The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 122 modern-era players who have been nominated for enshrinement for 2022. Among the players are five with ties to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hines Ward has made it as far as a semifinalist in previous years. Ward spent all 14 of his NFL seasons in Pittsburgh and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times. Playing in three Super Bowls with the Steelers, Ward was the Super Bowl MVP for the 2004 season.
For the second straight year, former Steelers tight end Heath Miller has been nominated. Miller played tight end 11 NFL seasons all in Pittsburgh where he had two pro bowl selections.
Other nominations are nose tackle Casey Hampton, linebacker Hardy Nickerson Sr., and kicker Gary Anderson. Last offseason, Hall of Fame kicker Morton Andersen gave a ringing endorsement for Gary Anderson to enter the Hall of Fame in an exclusive interview with BTSC.
Modern-era finalists will be trimmed down to 25 in November and again to 15 in January before going down to 10 and then five during Super Bowl weekend in February. The five finalists and three senior finalists will undergo a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote and must receive 80% in order to be selected.
A complete list of all players who were nominated for 2022 can be seen below courtesy of the Pro football Hall of Fame.