Updated: Aug 1, 2021
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The Steelers revealed their Hall of Honor Class of 2021 today and the class includes offensive tackle Jon Kolb, wide receiver Louis Lipps, defensive back Carnell Lake and offensive tackle Tunch Ilkin. The Steelers will formally induct the Class of 2021, along with the Class of 2020, the weekend of Nov. 13 and 14 when the team hosts the Lions at Heinz Field.
The Steelers introduced the Hall of Honor in 2017, an idea that came from Art Rooney II, along with late Chairman Dan Rooney, to recognize former players, coaches, and front office personnel who played an integral role in the success of the franchise, from the beginning in 1933 until now.
To be considered for the Hall of Honor, a player must be retired at least three years and played a minimum of three seasons for the Steelers. Former coaches and contributors had to make significant contributions to the team and community.
Kolb was drafted in the third round by the Steelers in the 1969 NFL Draft and went on to start 177 games in 13 seasons, along with being a member of four Super Bowl champion teams. Kolb was never nominated for a Pro Bowl in his career, but he was selected to the Steelers' All-Time Team in 2007 to celebrate the team's 75th season.
During his career, Kolb was widely regarded as one of the strongest men in the NFL. He protected Terry Bradshaw's blind side from his left offensive tackle position and was a dominating run blocker, creating holes for the likes of Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier and