Former Steelers center Dermontti Dawson selected his former high school coach to present him when he enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 4 in Canton, Ohio.
Steve Parker, who was Dawson’s coach at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky, will do the honors after being the one to convince Dawson to play football in the first place.
“Coach Parker was influential in my life,” said Dawson. “I knew him before I played football. He is the one who convinced me to play football. I was walking through the hallway, coming out of biology class and he said, ‘Son, where have you been all my life?’ He got me to change my mind about playing football.
“I thought it was only fitting for him to present me.”
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Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward will be featured in the documentary NFL Characters Unite where he shares his personal story of dealing with prejudice to aid teens that are facing similar situations.
Ward, along with Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, Saints tight end Jimmie Graham and former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, will share stories in the one hour documentary on USA Network on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., while at the same time sharing the story of a teen going through a similar fight.
Ward, who had to deal with discrimination as a child because he is biracial, is teamed with Carlton Dennis, a junior at Clairton High School who is originally from Trinidad. Dennis has faced discrimination and through his relationship with Ward and the Hear Me Project composed an anti-discrimination rap song that is available through iTunes.
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The Steelers will have the 24th overall pick in the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The first round of the NFL Draft will be held on Thursday, April 26 beginning at 8 p.m. The second and third rounds are Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. The draft concludes with rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 12 noon.
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Former Steelers’ cornerback Jack Butler was in Indianapolis for the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 announcement on Saturday and was thrilled with his selection.
“It’s really an honor and a privilege,” said Butler. “I love it. I love being here. I feel good about it all.
“They told me I was good. I never knew I was good. I guess I did something right or I wouldn’t be here.”
Butler said he never expected to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, even though it was a dream of his as a kid.
“It’s more than I thought,” said Butler. “I never ever thought I would be here. I just didn’t think that would be the reality. I dreamed about it when I was a kid. I never down deep believed what I was dreaming. Here I am Jack Butler from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here I am. I never expected it and I love it.”
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