Former Steeler, Jet Alan Faneca elected to Hall of Fame

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Alan Faneca, the sturdy guard who spent years opening holes open for Jerome Bettis and protecting Ben Roethlisberger, is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 10 seasons with Pittsburgh, two with the Jets and one more in Arizona, Faneca missed a grand total of one game.

Faneca, who was a key member of the 2009 Jets team that reached the AFC Championship, was selected to six All-Pro teams and nine Pro Bowls.

But his best days came with the Steelers, who had a top-10 rushing attack in all but one of his seasons there, and won the Super Bowl in 2006.

Faneca was the third modern-day player to be announced for the class of 2021 on the NFL Honors awards program. He joins Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson, along with Drew Pearson, the Cowboys great who made it in as a senior candidate.

The rest of the announcements come later tonight, with Peyton Manning expected to make it on his first ballot.

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