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Alan Faneca retires

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Alan Faneca, a nine-time Pro Bowl guard who has played for the Steelers, Jets and Cardinals, is calling it a career.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Faneca made the decision recently after deciding to prioritize time with his family over playing football.

“After a lot of thought I am announcing my retirement from professional football,” Faneca said in a statement his agent sent to Schefter. “Playing in the NFL has been a childhood dream come true. Thirteen years later I have decided that it is time to move on.”

Faneca was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 1998 draft. He played 10 years in Pittsburgh and two in New York before finishing his career with one season in Arizona. He missed just two games in 13 seasons.

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  1. hendawg21 says: May 10, 2011 2:42 PM

    2 games in 13 seasons now that is a true warrior…and then you get guys who have a hangnail and can’t get out of bed…

  2. krow101 says: May 10, 2011 2:42 PM

    His skills have diminished. However, there are a lot of teams he could still play for. Certainly even more that would have him as experienced depth.

    But… BUT… that would mean playing for a lot less money than he’s made the last few years.

    And many players simply can’t… or won’t… accept that. It’s ego. And in the end they leave a lot of money on the table.

  3. dexterismyhero says: May 10, 2011 2:42 PM

    so

  4. ianwhetstone says: May 10, 2011 2:45 PM

    Great player for a long time. Good luck to him in his future endeavors.

  5. cosanostra71 says: May 10, 2011 2:46 PM

    great player… hated him on the Steelers but always respected him

  6. house068 says: May 10, 2011 2:52 PM

    I can still hear Myron Cope saying “Faneca the Titanica!!!”

  7. ottomanismydog says: May 10, 2011 2:56 PM

    HOF without a doubt

  8. deucedropper says: May 10, 2011 2:57 PM

    9 Pro Bowls and 6 All-Pro teams… that kind of resume might get Faneca to Canton one day.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: May 10, 2011 3:02 PM

    Former LSU Tiger was a great collegiate and pro player!

  10. kd75 says: May 10, 2011 3:02 PM

    Looks like the NYJets were smart to let him go a year early instead of a year late.

  11. tommyf15 says: May 10, 2011 3:02 PM

    hendawg21 says:
    May 10, 2011 2:42 PM
    2 games in 13 seasons now that is a true warrior…and then you get guys who have a hangnail and can’t get out of bed…

    Like who?

    Anyone like that was weeded out long before they got near the NFL.

  12. skoobyfl says: May 10, 2011 3:05 PM

    Please come to Buffalo & teach the young folks how to play.

  13. radrhatr says: May 10, 2011 3:05 PM

    Great career. He should be proud! The old school OL is a dying breed. Kevin Mawae is the only one left.

  14. justwaittilnextyear says: May 10, 2011 3:09 PM

    Great player from Lamar Consolidated High School in Texas to LSU to the NFL. Congradulations on a steller career in football and good luck with future endeavors.

  15. nyjalleffingday says: May 10, 2011 3:12 PM

    @kd75

    We told you!

    But now is not the time for such things, Faneca had a great, possibly even HoF worthy career, and I wish him success in his future endeavors.

  16. shackdelrio says: May 10, 2011 3:13 PM

    There is a Metallica joke to go with that picture. I just can’t think of one.

  17. hendawg21 says: May 10, 2011 3:20 PM

    You ask you get:

    tommyf15 says:
    May 10, 2011 3:02 PM
    hendawg21 says:
    May 10, 2011 2:42 PM
    2 games in 13 seasons now that is a true warrior…and then you get guys who have a hangnail and can’t get out of bed…

    Like who?

    Anyone like that was weeded out long before they got near the NFL.

    Kansas City Chiefs
    •WR Jerheme Urban Prob – Finger

  18. hendawg21 says: May 10, 2011 3:23 PM

    tommy15 need more…

    Houston Texans

    •WR Trindon Holliday (R) Prob – Thumb

  19. chiefdt58 says: May 10, 2011 3:24 PM

    Pic looks like a slightly heavier Triple H

  20. tommyf15 says: May 10, 2011 3:26 PM

    May 10, 2011 3:02 PM
    hendawg21 says:
    Kansas City Chiefs
    •WR Jerheme Urban Prob – Finger

    What day was this?

    Did the player play or stay in bed?

  21. nowathand twitter.com/Chris_M_Bach says: May 10, 2011 3:26 PM

    He was a part of the worst offensive line in football last year but that doesn’t change his status as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

    In 2002, he helped block for 2120 yards rushing.

    In 2005, he helped block for 2223 yards rushing.

    In 2004, he helped block for 2464 yards rushing.

    In 2009, he helped block for 2756 yards rushing and only allowed a rookie quarterback to be sacked 26 times in 15 games.

    In 2001, he helped block for 2774 yards rushing.

  22. hobartbaker says: May 10, 2011 3:30 PM

    Al has decided to run for Sheriff. Of the Northern Hemisphere. No one has stepped forward to oppose him.

  23. terrellblowens says: May 10, 2011 3:31 PM

    Kevin Kolb just smashed his fists on his keyboard in rage

  24. dickroy says: May 10, 2011 3:36 PM

    Alan was a great player. I hope he makes it to the hall of fame. I loved watching him pull out and level would be tacklers.

  25. lickinfeat says: May 10, 2011 3:38 PM

    kd75 says:
    Looks like the NYJets were smart to let him go a year early instead of a year late

    Yea they looked real smart when they couldnt punch it in at the goaline in the AFC championship game

  26. cup0pizza says: May 10, 2011 4:03 PM

    ha someone said “HOF without a doubt” – clearly a Stealers homer. Maybe Faneca will see the HOF if he buys a ticket.

  27. Patskrieg dot com says: May 10, 2011 4:03 PM

    My favorite Alan Faneca moment might just be from the 2nd Pats/Jets matchup of 08 when Cassel forced overtime with a touchdown to Randy Moss with a second left on the clock.

    The camera cut to Faneca on the bench, who just grinned subtlety and stoically, and showed a flash of a seasoned warrior who one way or another just appreciated a good football battle.

    Then the camera cut to Mangini’s stupid red faced glare as he mentally cleaned out his office.

  28. dwoofer says: May 10, 2011 4:15 PM

    Please — PLEASE — Take the entire Cardinals offensive line with you.

  29. Deb says: May 10, 2011 4:15 PM

    Too bad you weren’t willing to play for a little less, Alan. Our o-line has never been quite the same without you, and you’d have an extra Super Bowl ring. But thanks for the memories. This member of Steeler Nation wishes you health and happiness in retirement.

  30. xxxfixxxerxxx says: May 10, 2011 4:20 PM

    The question is, what will the NFL do without his partnership?

    Can the NFL survive without Faneca?

    Very concerned……………….

    Good luck Mr. Faneca and congratulations on a great carreer.

  31. mondzy805 says: May 10, 2011 4:35 PM

    Hated this guy in Pittsburgh, but always played the game, the right way. Future H.O.F. player, one day. Looks like a great position coach, when he’s ready.

  32. ianwhetstone says: May 10, 2011 4:41 PM

    cup0pizza says: May 10, 2011 4:03 PM

    ha someone said “HOF without a doubt” – clearly a Stealers homer. Maybe Faneca will see the HOF if he buys a ticket.
    ———————————————————–

    “Someone’s” take on the subject was a lot closer to objectivity than yours is.

  33. thefiesty1 says: May 10, 2011 5:14 PM

    Another player that lasted longer than 3 – 4 years that the stupid “players association” keeps saying. Good for him to move on now and enjoy the rest of his life.

  34. Deb says: May 10, 2011 5:56 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    It should be obvious that bloggers and sports columnists don’t announce the retirements of the dozens of anonymous players who pass through that short-time revolving door.

  35. denverhighrize says: May 10, 2011 6:02 PM

    Who is this guy? Never heard of him.

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