For Butler, it was a long, but worthwhile wait for election.
"I never thought it would happen, but here I am!" said Butler.
Dawson did not have to wait as long, but was just as excited.
"It's great. This is the ultimate accolade for a player," Dawson told Steelers.com. "That is the ultimate when it comes to individual accolades, getting enshrined in the Hall of Fame. You are immortalized."
The end of the line for Steelers greats becoming immortalized is nowhere near finished, either.
Dawson joins Rod Woodson as a member of the 1990s Steelers to enter the Hall of Fame, and there are several more worthy candidates from that era, as well as the Steelers of the 2000s who will eventually be considered for enshrinement.
So, which former and current Steelers will have an opportunity to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?