Legendary Steelers scout Bill Nunn dead at 89

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PITTSBURGH —

Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers scout Bill Nunn passed away Wednesday. He was 89 years old.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Nunn. This is a very sad day not only for the Steelers organization, but for the game of football. It is hard to put into a few words what Bill’s many contributions to our organization have meant over his 46 years with us. On a personal level, Bill was a friend, mentor and trusted confidant,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “The entire Steelers organization mourns the loss of Bill, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Nunn family.”

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Here is more reaction from within the Steelers Organization:

For anyone who had the good fortune to know Bill Nunn, you understood what a special man he was. His love for his family was first and foremost. Bill’s strong devotion to the city of Pittsburgh and its people was second to none. Of course, his contributions and dedication to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization are legendary. His insight and guidance were always cherished.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Frances, and his children, Bill III and Lynell.

Kevin Colbert
Steelers General Manager


We lost a legendary man of many talents. His legacy will live on in the stories told, lessons taught and wisdom shared with those of us who remain.

Mike Tomlin
Steelers Head Coach


We have lost a great friend and a great person who did so much for the Steelers organization with the passing of Bill Nunn. Bill was a special person who did everything in his career, from playing sports to being an excellent journalist all of which led to his outstanding career in scouting for the Steelers.

Bill had extraordinary instinct in identifying talent throughout his career, including the legendary 1974 NFL Draft for us. He put us ahead of so many other teams in the NFL by leading the efforts of drafting African-American football players at traditional black colleges. Very few people had a bigger impact in the history of our franchise, and his positive attitude and contributions will truly be missed.

Bill meant so much to this organization and we will all miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with Frances, Bill III and Lynell, along with the entire Nunn Family.

Dan Rooney
Steelers Chairman