This Recent Steeler Should Make the Hall of Fame

By michael obermuller
Alan Faneca hugs Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XL.
Alan Faneca hugs Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XL. / Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
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The 86-year old Pittsburgh Steelers franchise has become an iconic representative of the NFL. The Rooney family's organization has won six Super Bowls, with the first coming in 1974, and they remain a feared opponent in the modern day.

Last year, the Steelers had one of the top defenses in the league, and in 2020 they will be excited to get long-term quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back from injury. Big Ben should be in the running for the Hall of Fame someday, especially if he wins Pittsburgh a seventh Super Bowl, but he isn't the only recent Steeler that should make the Hall of Fame.

This Recent Steeler Should Be in the Hall of Fame

Alan Faneca played a position that gets some of the least amount of focus in the sport, but the offensive guard played it flawlessly from 1998-2010 ('98-'07 with Pittsburgh). Faneca will be eligible before a player like Roethlisberger, and there's no reason he should get snubbed.

The nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time First-Team All-Pro selection stacks up evenly next to previous Hall of Fame guards like Willie Roaf or Mike Munchak. First off, Faneca was sturdy and dependable. He played in 206 games during his career and started in 201 of them, missing only two games in his 13-year career. He was also responsible for only 29 total penalties during that span.

Faneca is already a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team, which is no easy feat, as well as the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He was even a Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers in 2005.

There really is only one accomplishment left to complete Faneca's career: become a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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