In conformity with the established tradition, The Pro Football Hall of Fame announcement for the new class members went down on the eve of the Super Bowl.
Alan Faneca Guard #65,66
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 316 lb (143 kg)
Draft: 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
While the announcement and subsequent release of the names were in line with traditional expectations, it was not hard to notice a key glaring issue. Some prospective Steelers were once again, conspicuously missing from the list of names of the new class.
Alan Faneca was one particular name that Steelers fans hoped would earn this key recognition during the NFL Awards. While the state of the affairs at the awards are unlikely to affect Steelers odds for next season by much, such recognition is highly coveted and important for both players and their fans.
This is the third time in a row that Faneca has appeared in the list of the finalists but ultimately failed to earn a place at the Hall of Fame. The names that seem to have taken his place this year are well-known names in the NFL. Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher, and Ray Lewis are the familiar erstwhile superstars who dominate the 2018 list. You cannot really take away credit from these great names as they all represent great skill. Current voting, unfortunately, seems to be more inclined to the skill positions and fame rather than the raw power of players on the field.
Even though every other star that earned a spot this year deserves it, it is just hard to believe that a stalwart performer like Faneca is yet to catch the eyes of the honoring fraternity. It was definitely a tough start of the night for Steelers fans who had to later contend with another snub for the Offensive Player of the Year award. There was, of course, an even slimmer chance for the award of Most Valuable Player to find its way to the Pittsburg Steelers.
Faneca and everyone rallying behind him will, unfortunately, have to wait to see the prospects of next year. To be fair, stars like Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, and Ray Lewis cannot be disregarded when it comes to NFL honors. That cannot be said however for Terrell Owens since Faneca definitely possesses an edge over him. The fact that Faneca was snubbed because of Owens is thus pretty disappointing.
The other disappointment, of course, is Antonio Brown’s failure to clinch the Offensive Player of the Year title. Brown was contending for both this award and the MVP award. He missed both, first losing the Offensive Player of the Year by placing second in the final vote. Afterward, Brown failed to garner any votes for the NFL MVP title. This marked the regrettable conclusion of the pitiful evening for both Brown and Faneca.
In summary, Alan Faneca is disappointingly yet to earn his embodiment into the Hall of Fame. To add to that, Antonio Brown who has had an impeccable performance during the season, also failed to earn national recognition. If there were to be any disgruntled people deeming the turn of events as far too familiar, it would definitely not be far from the truth, unfortunately.
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