Two Pittsburgh Steelers have made the cut on the Pro Football Hall Of Fame’s semifinalist list. The original list of 108 has been whittled down to 25 with guard Alan Faneca and outside linebacker Kevin Greene included.
Faneca is in his first year on the ballot, made seven Pro Bowls and six All-Pro teams in his career. He was a key component in the Steelers’ dominant rushing attack that won Super Bowl 40 over the Seattle Seahawks. He is one of five offensive lineman on the list, headlined by Orlando Pace.
Greene only spent three of his 15 year career in Pittsburgh but was dominant over that short span, registering 37.5 sacks and being named to the NFL’s first team in 1994 and 1996. He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s First-Team on the 1990s decade squad. Greene still ranks on the all-time sack list with 160 and is unlikely to be passed anytime soon. This isn’t new territory for Greene who has been a semifinalist ten times, beginning in 2007. He’s been a finalist in every year since 2012.
Steelers missing the cut included: Bill Cowher, Levon Kirkland, and Gary Anderson.
The list of 25 will reduce to 15 in January. The selections will be announced the night before the Super Bowl with the actual inductions taking place on August 6th, 2016 in Canton, Ohio.