Former Pittsburgh Steelers guard, Alan Faneca, named 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 22: Alan Faneca
ATLANTA - OCTOBER 22: Alan Faneca /

One of the greatest Pittsburgh Steelers offensive linemen of all-time will see his name as a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, again.

When you think Steelers linemen, you think Alan Faneca. The Pittsburgh guard dominated NFL big men for 10 seasons in black and gold after being drafted by the team in the first-round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

Now, for the third consecutive time, Faneca will be named a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist. Along with 14 other modern-era finalists, Faneca will be hoping to earn his way into Canton.

This year’s class is considered one of the best in recent memory. With top wide receivers like Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, along with linebacker superstars, Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, the amount of names in this year’s finalists will be difficult to rise above.

Faneca was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a member of the Super Bowl XL Steelers and was named All-Pro six times throughout his career. He was also named to the Steelers All-Time team in 2007 and the NFL 2000’s All-Decade team in 2010.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame selections will be made on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota during their annual meeting. Of the 15 Modern-Era finalists, no more than five will be selected in the Hall of Fame.

Faneca could have a long road to travel before he makes it into Canton. This year’s class is phenomenal and despite his outstanding career, the resumes and names of some of these athletes may have him waiting another year.

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For Steelers fans, and anyone who’s played against him, though, Alan Faneca is a no brainer to put on that gold jacket and unveil his plaque in front of the entire Pro Bowl Hall of Fame.

The Pro Bowl Hall of Fame enshrinement will be held in Canton, Ohio during August of 2018.