From being born and raised in Pittsburgh, to becoming a legendary sportswriter at the Pittsburgh Courier and the trailblazing scout and personnel executive for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Nunn Jr. could soon be bestowed an honor that many believe is long overdue—induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
No one knew the Black College Football scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s better than Nunn. He would select a Black College All-America team, which gave him the upper hand in knowing what players would work best for the Steelers.
You know the names—Mel Blount, John Stallworth, Donnie Shell, L.C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes—among the high-profile (and some already in the Hall of Fame) players from Black Colleges that joined the Steelers during the ‘70s, as the team of the decade won four Super Bowls.
On Feb. 6, 2021, the Hall of Fame induction committee will gather in Tampa, Fla., to make the final selections.
If Nunn is inducted, he would become the first person of color to enter the Hall of Fame as a contributor.
Nunn died in 2014.