Faneca, Ward semi-finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Joining Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson and others
Hines Ward in Steelers gear
Hines Ward Photo credit Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Steelers greats Alan Faneca and Hines Ward are among the 25 Semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as announced Tuesday. They join newcomers Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Charles Woodson, Eric Allen and Willie Anderson.

It’s the sixth year Faneca has been a semifinalist after a 13-year NFL career, a decade of that with the Steelers.  Faneca was a nine time Pro Bowler, six time First-team All-Pro, was on the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.  Faneca started 201 career games after being the 26th overall pick by the Steelers in the 1998 NFL Draft.

Ward has been a semifinalist five times, is a Super Bowl MVP, two-time Super Bowl champ, 1,000 career receptions for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns.  Ward had 1,181 yards and 10 touchdowns in the post-season alone, along with being a ferocious blocker.

This year’s class will be announced during the week leading up to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, likely the first week of February.