Former Steelers Discuss Why Alan Faneca Should Make the Hall of Fame

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Why should Alan Faneca make the Hall of Fame? Let these former Steelers tell you:

Trai Essex: ” Watching film on Red was like watching art in motion.  I never knew o-linemen could have moves until I saw him spin of a d-linemen en route to cutting a linebacker in order to open up a screen pass that went to the house.  A great player and an even better leader.  He absolutely changed and elevated the ceiling of the impact a guard can have on the game.  #GOAT”

Chris Hoke: “Alan Faneca was an old school type guard who played hard nosed and physical, the way that position was meant to be played. His ability to dominate the opponent at the point of attack and also to get out on the edge and blow open the hole to spring the RB to the next level is what makes him one of the best to ever do it. “

Mitch Lyons: “Alan was a true pro. Obviously a great player but beyond that he was consistent, durable, and humble. A great teammate. “

Josh Miller: ” Alan’s play spoke loud enough.. He belonged Two years ago.”

Matt Cushing: “Alan was one of the most dominating lineman I had the opportunity to watch. Whether it was pulling, blocking one on one, coming off a double team to block a linebacker that should have had a speed advantage, or handling the most stout of pass rushers, Alan got it done and got it done with an attitude befitting a Steelers lineman . Not only was he dominant but he was consistently dominant, game in, game out, year in , year out. It was fun to be able to call him a teammate. And on top of all that, he was a better person and friend.”

Jim Sweeney: “Besides the obvious, great player and teammate, the one encounter that sticks out in my mind happened when I was retiring.  When I decided it was time to hang up my helmet, I was talking with Alan and he had a question for me.  He asked, “ Would you mind if I wore your number ?”  I was honored in more ways than one. Speaks volumes about his character and his selfless in the locker room.  This is a no brainer. “

Tim Lester: “There is no doubt Alan Faneca should make the cut. He was a major part of Jerome Bettis and Dermonti Dawsons success who are both Hall of famers. Also to play 13 years at one of the toughest position in the NFL makes him a HOF. These guys have to be smart , Athletic & physical  on every play. Also I think he should make it because he lost a 100lbs after football. Amazing. “

Jerame Tuman: “I think the main thing that Faneca had over other guards, during his playing career, was his athleticism and his versatility. Faneca was as good in space as he was at the line of scrimmage. He was arguably one of the top guys at his position for roughly a 10 year span. “

Joe Bushofsky (Steelers Scout):  Alan was an outstanding player for the Steelers and deserves to be inducted.”

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