Alan Faneca will have to wait at least one more year to be immortalized forever, failing to be inducted into the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame moments ago. Ed Bouchette passed along the bad news moments ago.
Former Steelers G Alan Faneca does not make HOF
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) February 5, 2017
Faneca started 201 games in his career with 153 of those coming with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was one of the best guards of his era and 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.
Inducted into this year’s class, we know so far, are: Jason Taylor and Terrell Davis.
Update: here’s the HOF class.
HOF Class of 2017: Terrell Davis, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Kurt Warner, Morten Andersen
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) February 5, 2017
Dirt Dawson and Mike Munchak gave full endorsements of Faneca yesterday.
“When the Steelers drafted him I knew they got someone special,” Munchak said via Steelers.com. “You keep an eye on guys like that who you watched. We played the Steelers and I watched him play”.
The Class of 2017 will be enshrined sometime in August.
Pittsburgh had a Steeler inducted in each of the past two seasons. Kevin Greene in 2016 and Jerome Bettis in 2015. Faneca will look to make the cut, along with Hines Ward, in 2017. The next Steeler inducted will be the 25th in franchise history.