Four former Steelers, including safety Donnie Shell
and running back Jerome Bettis
, are among the 26 modern-day semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Center Dermontti Dawson
, a finalist for the Hall of Fame last year, and outside linebacker Kevin Greene
are also among those that will be considered for football's highest individual honor. Running back Curtis Martin, a former Brashear High and Pitt standout, is also a semifinalist for the Hall of Fame.
Former Steelers defensive back Jack Butler
is one of two senior nominees for the Hall of Fame.
Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher was among those that did not make the cut after the Hall of Fame selection committe pared its list of candidates from 105 to 26.
The list of modern-day candidates will be trimmed to 15 in early January. The 2012 Hall of Fame Class will be determined Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl, in Indianapolis.
Four to seven candidates will be voted into the Hall of Fame.