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Steelers reveal plans for team Hall of Honor

The Pittsburgh Steelers organization has announced that it will at long last have a way to honor the great players, coaches and executives from its storied franchise history.

Steelers president Art Rooney II on Tueday revealed via the team’s official website the preliminary details on what will be called the Hall of Honor.

“The Hall of Honor will serve as a tribute to the many individuals who have contributed greatly throughout the history of our franchise,” Rooney said. “This is probably long overdue, and we are excited to begin the process of recognizing these individuals and their accomplishments, both on and off the field, during an annual series of ceremonies.”

The Hall of Honor will pay tribute to those individuals who have contributed to the Steelers organization throughout its existence, going all the way back to its founding in 1933. The inaugural class will be decided upon by a selection committee led by Rooney.

The class will be announced on Aug. 29, with honorees being inducted in a ceremony during Alumni Weekend (Nov. 25-26). The inaugural class will then be honored in a halftime ceremony during the Steelers’ game at Heinz Field on Nov. 26 against the Green Bay Packers.

Eligibility guidelines for induction into the Hall of Honor are spelled out as follows in the Steelers’ official announcement:

• Retired for at least three seasons
• Must have played for the Steelers for a minimum of three seasons
• Should possess noteworthy career highlights, records, and achievements

• Significant contributions to the team and community

It goes without saying that the Hall of Honor has been a long time coming. Given the Steelers organization has enjoyed long-term success mostly unparalleled by its NFL counterparts, the options afforded the selection committee in picking the inaugural class are enormously vast.

It will be incredibly tough to pare down worthy candidates to a manageable amount of honorees. But then again, for those greats who do not make the cut in the Hall of Honor’s first class, there’s always next year.