Last year former Steelers guard Alan Faneca was in Canton, Ohio for Jerome Bettis’ Hall of Fame Enshrinement.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the Gold Jacket finalists for the Class of 2016, and both Faneca and linebacker Kevin Greene are among the 15 finalists.
Faneca was the Steelers first-round draft pick in 1998 and played 10 seasons for the black and gold, and 13 overall in the NFL. He was a member of the Super Bowl XL Championship team, and was selected to nine Pro Bowls. Faneca was a six-time All-Pro selection and was named to the Steelers All-Time Team in 2007 and the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team.
“He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Bettis, who ran behind Faneca’s blocking for much of his career.
In addition, Tony Dungy is a finalist for his career as a head coach with Tampa Bay and Indianapolis. Dungy played for the Steelers and was an assistant coach.
The Class of 2016 will be determined on Saturday, February 6, 2016 in San Francisco and be announced during the NFL Honors show. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be enshrined on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
The Steelers currently have 23 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the most recent being Bettis who was a member of the Class of 2015.