Pictured below are four of the main cogs in forging the Steeler
dynasty of the 1970’s and 80’s. Three are in the Western Chapter
and Pennsylvania Sports Halls of Fame: Art Rooney Jr., Jack
Butler, and Dick Haley. Bill Nunn was inducted into the National
Football League Hall of Fame in August 2021.


Did You Know!  – In 1961 McKeesport High School played Beaver Falls High School in the WPIAL Championship at West Field in Munhall. The center fielder for McKeesport was Bill Robinson, played for the Pirates and Phillies. The center fielder for Beaver Falls was none other than Joe Namath.

Career highlights and awards
As player
Super Bowl champion (VI)
NFL champion (1963)
5× Pro Bowl (1961–1965)
4× First-team All-Pro (1961–1964)
2× Second-team All-Pro (1965, 1966)
NFL Rookie of the Year (1961)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
Chicago Bears No. 89 retired
Unanimous All-American (1960)
Pittsburgh Panthers No. 89 retired

As head coach
Super Bowl champion (XX)
2× NFL Coach of the Year (1985, 1988)

Inducted into the Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

Mike Ditka

Number. 89, 98  – Position: Tight end

Personal information
Born: October 18, 1939, Carnegie, Pennsylvania

Career information
High school: Aliquippa High School  Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
College: University of Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
AFL draft: 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8

Career history
As player:
Chicago Bears (1961–1966)
Philadelphia Eagles (1967–1968)
Dallas Cowboys (1969–1972)
As coach:
Dallas Cowboys (1973–1981) (Assistant head coach)
Chicago Bears (1982–1992) (Head coach)
New Orleans Saints (1997–1999) (Head coach)





October 9, 2015 – 2013 Western Chapter Inductee George Smith was honored by having the football field at McKeesport High School named “The George Smith Field”. His outstanding record includes WPIAL and PIAA Championships in 1994 and 2005. George retired at the end of the 2015 season.

1995 Western Chapter and 2012 State Inductee Dale Hamer has retired after 37 years with NFL Officiating. Twenty three on the field and 14 in Replay.

His career included numerous playoff games including;

  • Head Linesmen in Super Bowl XVII and XXII
  • Alternate Referee in Super Bowl XXVII.


Bill Priatko is a 2015 inductee to the Robert Morris University Athletic Hall of Fame.

During a 25-year career as either a coach or administrator in both high school and college athletics, Priatko spent eight years at Robert Morris as the director of academic services and compliance coordinator.

During his tenure, Priatko monitored academic progress of student-athletes while serving as the department liaison between the coaches and faculty.

A 1954 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Priatko was a member of the football team, playing on the offensive line. Priatko, a native of North Braddock, Pa., spent three seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Pittsburgh Steelers .

He is a 2013 inductee into the Western PA Sports Hall of Fame.

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Carl Rebele – top (1935-1963) A 1972 Western Chapter Inductee and
Yans Wallace – bottom (1946-1958) A 1974 Western Chapter Inductee
join Sammy Weiss (1942-1947), Art Robb (1925-1951) and Jim Hamer
(1947-1959) A Mid-Mon Valley Chapter Inductee in a 1947 newspaper
characterization of local NFL Officials. “Shorty” Ray was the NFL Supervisor
of Officials, he is the only official in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton.