The Pittsburgh Steelers lost an iconic member of their organization on the eve of the 2014 NFL Draft as longtime scout Bill Nunn died Thursday at the age of 89, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Nunn, who had worked for the Steelers for 46 years, reportedly suffered a stroke two weeks ago at the Steelers facility while preparing for the upcoming draft.
Nunn, the former managing editor of the Pittsburgh Courier, rose to prominence in the early 1970s due to his ability to successfully scout small black colleges that ultimately led to the Steelers drafting or signing great players such as L.C. Greenwood, Mel Blount, Ernie Holmes, John Stallworth and Donnie Shell. Four of those five players, Greenwood, Blount, Stallworth and Shell, were part of the Steelers teams that won four championships in a six-year span from 1975-80.
“We have lost a great friend and a great person who did so much for the Steelers organization with the passing of Bill Nunn,” said Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney. “Bill was a special person who did everything in his career, from playing sports to being an excellent journalist, all of which led to his outstanding career in scouting for the Steelers.”
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