Polamalu, a first-time finalist in his first year of eligibility, was one of the dominant safeties of his era. This site is neither endorsed, nor sponsored by, nor affiliated with Pittsburgh Steelers or NFL Properties LLC.
Here are those 15 other members that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame (* denotes that person is deceased): Bill Cowher -- 1992-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers, Jimmy Johnson -- 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins, *Steve Sabol, administrator/president -- 1964-2012 NFL Films, Paul Tagliabue, commissioner -- 1989-2006 National Football League, *George Young, contributor/general manager -- 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League, Harold Carmichael, wide receiver -- 1971-1983 Philadelphia Eagles, 1984 Dallas Cowboys, Jim Covert, offensive tackle -- 1983-1990 Chicago Bears, *Bobby Dillon, safety -- 1952-59 Green Bay Packers, Cliff Harris, safety -- 1970-79 Dallas Cowboys, *Winston Hill, offensive tackle -- 1963-1976 New York Jets, 1977 Los Angeles Rams, *Alex Karras, defensive tackle -- 1958-1962, 1964-1970 Detroit Lions, Donnie Shell, safety -- 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers, *Duke Slater, offensive tackle -- 1922 Milwaukee Badgers, 1922-25 Rock Island Independents, 1926-1931 Chicago Cardinals, *Mac Speedie, end -- 1946-1952 Cleveland Browns (AAFC/NFL), *Ed Sprinkle, defensive end/linebacker -- 1944-1955 Chicago Bears, Donovan McNabb talks to CNN about the evolution of the black quarterback, This NFL season ushered in a new era for African American quarterbacks, Legendary NFL coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson found out on live TV they were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Steelers’ Troy Polamalu leads five-member class elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame. "What's another year compared to eternity in bronze? "The work is done, and it's just a matter of time.".
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But much like when he was voted All-American in college at USC, or to the Pro Bowl with the Steelers, or even the College Football Hall of Fame, his thought process remains the same. He and Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne are the only two finalists for 2020 to be nominated in their first year of eligibility.
A separate panel met at the Hall of Fame in January and elected 10 seniors (players who last played more than 25 years ago), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches. Welcome to Steelers Wire's European Union Experience. In previous years, the Hall's bylaws had been that between four and eight new members were to be chosen each year. All Rights Reserved.
On January 2, 2020, Polamalu was named one of 15 modern-era finalists for election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Voted to eight Pro Bowls, Polamalu was a first-team All-Pro selection four times and was the Associated Press defensive player of the year in 2010. Polamalu, one of the greatest strong safeties in NFL history, will have to wait another year to receive induction into Canton, Ohio, however, after the Hall of Fame decided to postseason this year's festivities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He played his entire career -- 2003-2014 -- for the Pittsburgh Steelers, reaching the Super Bowl three times and winning twice. “I always felt like I never deserved any of the awards that I got because I had so much respect for other people that I never equated myself with them.