CANTON, Ohio (KDKA/AP) – There are two Pittsburgh Steelers’ greats among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2011.
In his first year of eligibility, running back Jerome Bettis has made it onto the short list of finalists.
“The Bus” hung up his cleats in 2006, just after the Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.
Bettis is joined on the list by former Steelers center Dermontti Dawson, who has been a finalist in the past.
Dawson spent his entire career with the Steelers from 1988 to 2000.
The other finalists announced Sunday are running backs Curtis Martin and Marshall Faulk, cornerback Deion Sanders, receivers Tim Brown, Andre Reed and Cris Carter, defensive linemen Richard Dent, Cortez Kennedy, Charles Haley and Chris Doleman, and tight end Shannon Sharpe, along with NFL filmmaker Ed Sabol.
The 15 finalists, plus senior nominees Chris Hanburger and Les Richter, will be considered for induction before the Super Bowl.
The 2011 Hall of Fame class will be announced the day before the big game on Feb. 5.