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Former Steelers guard Alan Faneca selected as Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist

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On Tuesday, it was announced during the NFL Network's Gold Jacket Semifinalists special that guard Alan Faneca is one step closer to enshrinement.

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Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alan Faneca was selected as a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. A nine-time Pro-Bowl selection, Faneca is also a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade team and the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team.

Faneca started 201 games in his career, the majority of which were for the Pittsburgh Steelers. (He was with the New York Jets from 2008-2009 and the Arizona Cardinals in 2010 before his retirement). The Steelers' 1998 first-round pick, Faneca was one of the best guards in Steelers history. His effective blocking contributed to Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis' productivity to the extent that in July, Bettis said of Faneca,"He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame."

Twenty-four others were selected as semifinalists along with Faneca including wide receiver Terrell Owens and Brett Favre. Like Faneca, Favre, Owens, linebacker Sam Mills, and tackle Tony Boselli are also in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility.