--Two Steelers will be inducted into their respective college athletic halls of fame Saturday. Linebacker James Harrison will be honored by Kent State and quarterback Charlie Batch will be inducted by Eastern Michigan University.
--Longtime Steelers scout Bill Nunn was part of the 11-man inaugural class enshrined into the Black College Football Hall of Fame last Saturday in Atlanta. Nunn, 84, was instrumental first as a journalist and then a scout in recognizing football players at the small black schools starting in the 1960s when he was sports editor of the prominent Pittsburgh Courier newspaper. He picked a black All-American team for the paper before he was hired as a scout for the Steelers in the late 1960s.
Others inducted with him last Saturday were players Buck Buchanan of Grambling, Willie Galimore of Florida A&M, Deacon Jones of South Carolina State, Willie Lanier of Morgan State, Walter Payton of Jackson State, Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State, Ben Stevenson of Tuskegee and Tank Younger of Grambling, and coaches Eddie Robinson of Grambling and Jake Gaither of Florida A&M.
--Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has two years left on his first contract, typically a time when the Steelers negotiate an extension.
"I don't like to speculate on what we're going to do with the coach," team president Art Rooney II said, "but let's just say we certainly hope and believe Mike's going to be here for the long term and we'll deal with contract situations as they come up."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's not as deep as it has been obviously because there's a lot of players that are now restricted free agents that would have been unrestricted. It's a much deeper restricted free agent market than it's ever been." -- Steelers boss Kevin Colbert on free-agent class.
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