Faneca, Greene HOF finalists

Posted Jan 7, 2016

Former Steelers finalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Last year former Steelers guard Alan Faneca was in Canton, Ohio for Jerome Bettis’ Hall of Fame Enshrinement.

The question now is, will he return to Canton this year as a member of the Class of 2016?

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.

Greene, a previous finalist, played 15 seasons in the NFL, three of them with the Steelers (1993-95). He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1985, and soared to success in his fourth NFL season when he finished the year with 16.5 sacks. In his three seasons with the Steelers he had 35.5 sacks and two Pro Bowl selections. He finished his career with 160 sacks, 26 fumble recoveries, five interceptions, and recorded three safeties.

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.