Saturday, January 7, 2012
Four Steelers are Hall of Fame finalists
By Jamison Hensley
Four Steelers made the cut as Hall of Fame finalists: running back Jerome Bettis, center Dermontti Dawson, linebacker Kevin Greene and defensive back Jack Butler (who is one of two senior nominees).
Between four to six enshrinees are selected the day before the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. A finalist must receive 80 percent of the vote to be selected. Safety Donnie Shell didn't make the finalist cut.
- Bettis ranks fifth on the NFL rushing list with 13,662 yards in 13 seasons
- Dawson, a finalist in 2008 and 2009, was selected to the first-team All-Pro team six times.
- Greene ranked among the top 10 sack leaders 10 times, including leading the NFL twice
- Butler was a four-time Pro Bowl player in the 1950s and was named one of the 33 greatest Steelers of all-time in 2008