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Bench at Steelers’ training camp site dedicated to scout Bill Nunn

Bill Nunn

The Steelers’ training camp home has dedicated a bench on a hill overlooking a practice field to the late Bill Nunn, a long-time Pittsburgh scout who has a key place in team and football history.

According to the Steelers’ website, Nunn’s wife and two children, as well as numerous club officials, were in attendance as the bench was presented in a ceremony Wednesday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Also taking part was Bills G.M. Doug Whaley, who worked in the Steelers’ personnel department with Nunn.

Nunn, who passed away in May at age 89, spent 46 years with the Steelers as an evaluator, and he scouted for the team as it put together a powerhouse roster in the 1970s.

Before joining the Steelers, Nunn was the managing editor of the Pittsburgh Courier, where he compiled the Black College All-American team. He was among the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural inductees.

According to Steelers’ website, Nunn would routinely watch practice on the bench above the field.

“This year, it’s been different not being able to visit with Bill, and so we wanted to have a place where we always can remember him and carry on the tradition of sitting and watching practice for just a little while,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said Wednesday, according to the team.

The team says the Bill Nunn Memorial Bench will include a plaque detailing Nunn’s contributions to the club.

[Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers.]

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9 Responses to “Bench at Steelers’ training camp site dedicated to scout Bill Nunn”
  1. puntonfirstdown says: Aug 14, 2014 12:25 AM

    Nice.

  2. clashpoint says: Aug 14, 2014 1:00 AM

    That’s actually kind of awesome.
    Well done, Steelers.

  3. magicmtndan says: Aug 14, 2014 1:43 AM

    Bill Nunn was part of the Steelers dynasty in the 70′s and he is missed.

    Bill “spent 46 years with the Steelers as an evaluator, and he scouted for the team as it put together a powerhouse roster in the 1970s.”

    Nice touch for the Steelers to pay lasting tribute to Bill Nunn.

  4. jimmysee says: Aug 14, 2014 5:30 AM

    Dedicating a bench to a scout seems like a left handed compliment or damning him by faint praise.

    The bench is not where you want his signings to be!

  5. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Aug 14, 2014 8:58 AM

    Class. Pure class. Thanks again Mr. Rooney

  6. Moudabo says: Aug 14, 2014 12:40 PM

    Just one more way to remember a very deserving and accomplished man.
    Thoughtful gesture.

  7. djshnooks says: Aug 14, 2014 1:27 PM

    Doug Whaley spoke very high of this man…saying he wouldn’t be in the position he is in now with Nunn’s guidance.

    I think Whaley is going to be a very good GM within time…he’s already proven well.

  8. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Aug 14, 2014 2:44 PM

    “The bench is not where you want his signings to be!”

    Unanimously thumbs down’d at present, I chuckled at this wit. Cheers to ya.

  9. sallust99 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:31 PM

    Given that Nunn watched practice from there, I think it is a very nice tribute. #blackandgold

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