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Steelers ‘super fan’ from Beaver a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame honor

Chris Adamski
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Steelers fans in costume cheer as the team takes the field for warm ups at the Louisiana Superdome Oct. 31, 2010. (Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review)

While finalist Alan Faneca awaits word as to whether he will gain induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, the former All Pro guard is not the only possible representative of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rick Holman of Beaver is one of three finalist “super fans,” one of whom will be honored into the Ford Hall of Fans this year.

Holman, 39, joins Miami Dolphins fan Roger Avila and Chicago Bears fan Dan Wachter as nominees that were chosen in a fan-voting process that solicited more than 170,000 ballots in an online poll.

According to a release from the Hall of Fame, Holman is a high school history teacher. An 18-year Steelers season-ticket holder, Holman has attended every game (regular season, postseason and preseason) in the 18-season history of Heinz Field. During that time period, he was in attendance at all three Super Bowls the Steelers qualified for.

The first fan to be honored at the Canton, Ohio-based Hall of Fame will be notified the same way players, coaches and other contributors are – via a celebratory knock on the door from Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker. All three fan finalists will be staying at the same Atlanta hotel as a trio of former players who are likewise awaiting word of their enshrinement.

The Super Bowl is Sunday in Atlanta.

“The spirit of the game lives in the hearts of fans everywhere who support their teams so passionately,” Baker in a release.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.