With the announcement of the semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2024, we finally know the former Pittsburgh Steelers who could be immortalized.
Once again, WR Hines Ward, who’s been a semifinalist eight times, and LB James Harrison, who’s been a semifinalist twice thus far, made the cut.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is proud to announce 25 Modern-Era Semifinalists for the Class of 2024.
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) November 28, 2023
The rest of the 25-man list consists of CB Eric Allen, DE Jared Allen, T Willie Anderson, RB Tiki Barber, WR Anquan Boldin, G Jahri Evans, LB London Fletcher, DE Dwight Freeney, TE Antonio Gates, RB Eddie George, S Rodney Harrison, PR/KR/WR Devin Hester, WR Torry Holt, WR Andre Johnson, DE/LB Robert Mathis, DE Julius Peppers, WR Steve Smith Sr., RB Fred Taylor, RB Ricky Watters, WR Reggie Wayne, DT Vincent Wilfork, LB Patrick Willis, and S Darren Woodson.
Notably, some notable former Steelers, such as DB Carnell Lake, NT Casey Hampton, LBs James Farrior and Joey Porter, and K Gary Anderson, didn’t make the cut this time.
Ward should be considered one of the greatest wideouts in the history of the organization.
He was selected to four Pro Bowls and chosen as the team’s MVP three times.
He also helped the team win two Super Bowls and holds the team’s record for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.
As for Harrison, he was a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champion, and the only undrafted player to ever be named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, so both of them have done more than enough merits to make it to the Hall of Fame.