Alan Faneca retires

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.

35 responses to “Alan Faneca retires

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. @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.

  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. @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.

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