Former Steelers guard Alan Faneca is among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Faneca was also a finalist in 2016.
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Faneca, the Steelers No. 1 draft pick in 1998, played 13 seasons in the NFL, 10 of them with the Steelers. He was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl XL team and named first-team All-Pro six times.
Faneca is excited and honored to be in the mix again, but also understands it's a process after going through it last year and knows that patience is a key.
"You have to take it in stride and enjoy the process," said Faneca. "There is nothing you can do except keep moving along with what you are doing every day."
An original list of 94 nominees was reduced to 26 semifinalists in November, and now the 15 finalists.
The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas, the site of Super Bowl LI. The Class of 2017 will be voted on then and will be announced during the "NFL Honors" show that evening, which airs on FOX.
The 2017 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony will be held in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, Aug. 5.
The Steelers have been well represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame the last few years, with Jerome Bettis a member of the Class of 2015 and Kevin Greene a member of the Class of 2016. The Steelers currently have 24 individuals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Steelers in the Hall of Fame.