The votes are in and the Pittsburgh Steelers have two more former players elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as center Dermontti Dawson and defensive back Jack Butler were named to the 2012 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dawson and Butler joined Willie Roaf, Curtis Martin, Cortez Kennedy and Chris Doleman as 2012 members that will inducted later this summer.
Dawson was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft and originally played guard alongside fellow Steelers Hall of Famer center Mike Webster in his rookie season and then moved to center in his second season. Dawson played in 184 games with the Steelers over his 13 year career and was a 7-time Pro Bowler & a 6-time First-Team All-Pro.
Butler played 9 seasons with the Steelers from 1951-59 and earned Pro Bowl honors four straight seasons (1956-59) and was also named first-team All-NFL in the final three years of his career. Butler had 52 career interceptions for 827 yards and four touchdowns that included a league-high and career best 10 interceptions during the 1957 season. He played in 103 games with the Steelers. Butler was one of two Seniors Committee nominees for the 2012 class.
Not making the 2012 class were former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene. Neither made the cut from 15 modern era players to 10 either. The other finalist that did not make the 2012 Hall of Fame class were Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Charles Haley, Bill Parcells, Andre Reed, Will Shields, Dick Stanfel and Aeneas Williams.