(This is the second of a five-part series on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Nunn Jr. from the upcoming book “Portrait of Eternity; The Life and Journey of Bill Nunn Jr.,” by Aubrey Bruce.)
It has become the general consensus that the 1974 draft of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the most lucrative athlete selection process in NFL history. The team selected four players that were eventually inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster).
In all fairness there should be 5 hall of famers with bust’s resting comfortably in Canton, Ohio at the HOF as a result of that historic Steelers draft class. The fifth member of the Steelers “class of 74” has still not received the honor that is due him. He is the former strong safety for the Steelers from 1974-1987 Donnie Shell. He retired as the NFL strong safety career leader in interceptions with 51. Shell was a five time Pro Bowler between 1978 and 1982. He was the Steelers team MVP in 1980. He started 11 straight years for the Steelers and was selected to the Steelers All-Time Team, the College Football Hall of Fame, and to the NFL Silver Anniversary Super Bowl Team.