The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists were announced today and one former Steelers player made it as a finalist. Alan Faneca is among the group to be debated before this year’s class is announced the day before the Super Bowl.
Hines Ward was not among the finalist group, which included: Jason Taylor, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Don Coryell, LaDainian Tomlinson, among others.
Steelers G Alan Faneca Pro FB HOF finalist. Hines Ward misses the cut in first try. W. Pa natives Jason Taylor, Ty Law finalists.
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 4, 2017
Faneca started 201 games in his career with 153 of those coming in Pittsburgh. He was one of the best guards of his era, named to the Pro Bowl nine times. His signature play was the lead block he provided Willie Parker on his famous 75 yard touchdown run in Super Bowl 40. He overcame epilepsy to have a monumental career. Faneca served as an assistant coach for the Steelers during the spring and training camp.
Only two receivers are on the finalist ballot, Terrell Owens and Issac Bruce. Ward will have to hope for better luck next year.
— Best Attraction for Sports Fans (@ProFootballHOF) January 4, 2017