Former LSU guard Alan Faneca received the highest honor in football Saturday night as he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2021 class, his sixth year as a finalist.
At LSU Faneca was a consensus first-team All-American and Outland Trophy finalist in 1997. Faneca started 36 consecutive games at right guard for the Tigers before being selected in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998.
Faneca enjoyed a 13-year career in the NFL, where he was an All-Pro eight times (6x First-Team, 2x Second-Team) and voted to nine Pro Bowls. Faneca helped Pittsburgh win Super Bowl 40 and was named to to NFL’s 2000s All-Decade team. Faneca played 10 years in Pittsburgh, two with the New York Jets and his final season was with the Arizona Cardinals.
In Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl 40 victory over Seattle, Faneca helped make the play that sealed the win. On 34 Counter Pike, Faneca pulled from the left side to the right and picked up the block that sprung Willie Parker free for a 75-yard touchdown run. The run remains the longest rush in Super Bowl history.
Faneca gives LSU six former players who are immortalized in Canton, joining Kevin Mawae, Johnnie Robinson, Jim Taylor, Y.A. Tittle, and Steve Van Buren. He’s the 32nd Steeler to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the 21st offensive guard.