29 Facts About Alan Faneca


Alan Joseph Faneca is an American former professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League for 13 seasons.


Alan Faneca played college football for Louisiana State University, and earned consensus All-America honors.


Alan Faneca was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Steelers, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.


Alan Faneca was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021 and on May 10,2021, he was introduced as the head football coach of Frank W Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Alan Faneca attended John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, Louisiana from 1987 to 1990.


Alan Faneca was an All-Greater Houston, Orlando Sentinel All-South, and Touchdown Club of Houston player of the year.


Alan Faneca began having seizures, which were later diagnosed as epilepsy, at age 15.


Alan Faneca started on medication to control it and was able to continue playing football.


Alan Faneca attended Louisiana State University, and played for the LSU Tigers football team from 1994 to 1997.


Alan Faneca was voted the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 1995.


Alan Faneca started his last 36 games at LSU and allowed only one sack in his final season.


Alan Faneca had 210 pancake blocks in his college career.


Alan Faneca returned to school in 1999 and earned a bachelor's degree in management entrepreneurship.


Alan Faneca was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round in the 1998 NFL Draft.


Alan Faneca saw limited playing time at first but injuries to fellow Steelers Will Wolford and Jim Sweeney allowed him to get his first start against the Cincinnati Bengals.


Alan Faneca earned the Joe Greene Award as the team's top rookie.


In 2000, Alan Faneca helped the Steelers rank fourth in the league in rushing, one of only 10 teams to compile more than 2,000 yards rushing in 2000.


Alan Faneca had his best season to date when he was named a starter in the 2002 Pro Bowl his first selection to the squad, and was named All-Pro by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Football Digest, and was named to Pro Football Weekly's-All-NFL team.


Alan Faneca had an offseason surgery on his right wrist and missed some playing time during the teams preseason.


Alan Faneca helped spring Parker to a 75-yard touchdown run that is currently the longest run in Super Bowl history.


Alan Faneca led the way for Willie Parker's 105-yard rushing performance in Week 10 against the Browns, and was the key to Steelers ground attack rolling for 205 yards in Week 3 vs San Francisco 49ers, as well as the 206-yard rushing effort in the season opener at Cleveland.


In 2007, Alan Faneca was voted to the Steelers 75th Anniversary All Time Team by Steeler fans.


Alan Faneca was expected to provide veteran leadership to a Jets offensive line that included three former first-round picks from 1999 and 2006, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Damien Woody.


Favre and Alan Faneca have since been selected as Pro Football Hall of Famers, with Favre being inducted in 2016 and Alan Faneca in 2021.


Alan Faneca was cut from the Jets on April 24,2010, after they selected Vladimir Ducasse in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.


Alan Faneca agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year, $2.5 million deal, which included a $300,000 signing bonus and a $100,000 workout bonus, and reunited him with his former Steelers coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive line coach Russ Grimm.


Alan Faneca retired on May 10,2011, ending his distinguished career with nine Pro Bowl appearances, eight All-Pro selections, and a Super Bowl ring.


In February 2014, Alan Faneca successfully completed the New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon with a finish time of 3:56:17.


Alan Faneca married Julie Kuchta of Virginia Beach, whom he met as a freshman at LSU.