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Steelers News: Alan Faneca has become jaded with the Hall of Fame, and rightfully so

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Today in the black-and-gold links article we take at how Alan Faneca, who has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame fore years now, has become wary and jaded with the entire process.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Imagine being a Hall of Fame talent, and having to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait to get the call to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But it never comes. It can wear you down...

Tim Benz: Steelers’ Alan Faneca has grown ‘wary’ of Hall of Fame process. Me too.

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

If former Steelers All-Pro Alan Faneca is feeling good about his chances of election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, he’s hiding it.

“I feel about it like I do every time,” Faneca told me Monday on 105.9 the X .“You are excited. You never know which way the voters are going to go. I gave up a long time ago predicting. Just go with the flow. Enjoy the process. And see where we go.”

Resigned detachment.

That’s probably the best way to describe Faneca’s tone when discussing the voting process that has kept him out despite being a finalist each of the last four years.

The former Pro Bowl guard definitely wants the honor, but he sounds like a guy who can’t let himself get emotionally involved in the outcome anymore.

“Every guy in my situation would want it,” Faneca continued.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • A single stat makes the easy case for Troy Polamalu to be in the Hall of Fame this year.

One stat makes a strong Hall of Fame case for Steve Atwater, Troy Polamalu

By: Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk

The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will meet on the day before the Super Bowl to choose a maximum of five new Hall of Famers among the 15 modern-era players on the list of finalists. As is usually the case, there are more than five worthy candidates, and there will be disagreements about the strongest arguments for which five belong in the Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

But here’s one good argument, coming from Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth, for former Broncos safety Steve Atwater and former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu to be two of the five selected on Saturday: In NFL history, only 24 players have started three Super Bowls and been selected to eight Pro Bowls. Of those 24, 20 are already in the Hall of Fame and two are surefire first-ballot Hall of Famers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

The other two are Atwater and Polamalu.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster will be participating in a “Streamer Bowl” soon.

JuJu Smith-Schuster to compete with Fortnite pros in ‘Streamer Bowl’

By: Jacob Tierny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster may not have made it to the Super Bowl, but he’s set his sights on winning Fortnite at the Streamer Bowl.

The charity video game tournament will be held Thursday in Miami, the host city of the Super Bowl. It’s organized by the NFL Player’s Association and popular video game streaming platform Twitch.

The event will pair 16 NFL players with 16 Fornite pros. The teams will face off in the wildly popular shooter game, with a $500,000 prize going to a charity of the winning team’s choice.

Smith-Schuster will have some formidable firepower on his side. His teammate is Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, 17, of Pottsgrove, who took home $3 million last year as the winner of the first Fortnite World Cup.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

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