Former Steelers, Jets OL Alan Faneca headed to Hall of Fame

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Alan Faneca, a key member of the 2009 Jets, was officially elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 on Saturday night.

Faneca helped anchor a dominant rushing attack between his time in New York and Pittsburgh. More known for his time with the Steelers, he played an integral role in Pittsburgh’s 21-10 win over Seattle in Super Bowl XL.

Faneca started all 32 games at left guard and was selected to consecutive Pro Bowls during his time in New York (2008-09). Fancea helped lead the NFL’s No. 1 rushing attack during the Jets’ march to the AFC Championship Game in 2009, with Thomas Jones rushing for 1,402 yards on 331 carries with 14 touchdowns.

Faneca was selected to nine Pro Bowls and earned first-team All-Pro honors six times during his 13-year career. A member of the NFL’s 2000s all-decade team, Faneca is Canton bound after spending six years as a finalist. He joins modern-day players Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson and John Lynch as a part of this year’s class.