5 Moments that Defined Alan Faneca's Hall of Fame Career
Alan Faneca is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame!
Prepare for his special weekend in Canton by looking back at the five biggest moments of his Hall of Fame career.
5. Voted to Steelers Anniversary Team
WHEN: October 25, 2007
Faneca is one of the most important Steelers to ever take the field and his contribution to the franchise was rewarded in 2007 when Pittsburgh celebrated its 75th anniversary.
He was named to the franchise’s All-Time Team, joining the likes of fellow teammates Jerome Bettis, Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward.
4. Historic Performance Against Rams
WHEN: December 21, 2007
FINAL SCORE: Pittsburgh Steelers 41, St. Louis Rams 24
If we had to pick out a single game performance from Faneca, it would be this one.
As the head and veteran leader of the Steelers offensive line, Faneca helped quarterback Ben Roethlisberger achieve a perfect passer rating of 158.3 with three touchdowns on 20 passing attempts. Faneca also led the way for running back Najeh Davenport, who amassed 123 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
It was a multi-level attack from the Pittsburgh offense all started from Faneca’s work in the trenches.
3. Setting the Bar for Lineman Pay
WHEN: March 1, 2008
After a decade in Pittsburgh, Faneca entered the free agency market in 2010 and was ready for the biggest payday of his career.
It came when the New York Jets offered him a five-year, $40-million contract – making Faneca the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history.
The record was quickly broken two months later by first overall pick Jake Long, but Faneca’s contract almost certainly played a factor in the way that Long and the Miami Dolphins negotiated their deal.
2. First and Only Super Bowl Victory
WHEN: February 5, 2006
FINAL SCORE: Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
The greatest team achievement of Faneca’s long playing career came in 2006 when he helped lead the Steelers to the 2006 Super Bowl.
Faneca was instrumental to the Steelers success on the ground against Seattle, creating the hole that led Willie Parker to the 75-yard touchdown run that is the longest run in Super Bowl history.
The victory helped cement Faneca’s place in Steelers lore as one of the leaders on one of the best teams in franchise history.
1. Finally Receives ‘The Knock’
WHEN: February 6, 2021
It took six years of eligibility, but Faneca is finally receiving his Gold Jacket.
With six First-Team All-Pro and nine Pro Bowl selections to his name, it was more of a matter of when, and not if, Faneca would find himself in Canton.
Faneca is the 28th member of the Steelers organization to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will join his teammates Jerome Bettis and Troy Polamalu among the other busts.
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