3 Pittsburgh Steelers, Cowher among 2019 NFL Hall of Fame nominees

3 Pittsburgh Steelers, Cowher among 2019 NFL Hall of Fame nominees

Wide receiver Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a touchdown on a pass from receiver Antwaan Randle El in the fouth quarter of Super Bowl XL at Ford Field on February 5, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Four renowned members of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise were among those nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019, the league announced Thursday.

Offensive lineman Alan Faneca, wide receiver Hines Ward, safety Thomas Everett and former head coach Bill Cowher.

Faneca was a finalist the last three years and Ward a semifinalist the last two, while Everett and Cowher are first-time nominees.

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The men are among 102 individuals that have been nominated for the upcoming class. Twenty-five semifinalists will be named in November and the 15 finalists in January.

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will meet on Feb. 2 to trim the list from 15 to 10, and then down to five. The class will ultimately be announced during the “NFL Honors” show that night.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony will be held next August in Canton, Ohio.