OG Alan Faneca announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending a 13-year career where he was one of the best players at his position.
Faneca released the following statement through his agent, Rick Smith:
"After a lot of thought I am announcing my retirement from Professional Football. Playing in the NFL has been a childhood dream come true. Thirteen years later I have decided that it is time to move on.
From the dog days of training camp to winning a Super Bowl the memories are endless. The greatest memory that I will leave the game with is all of the lifelong friendships I have made
I want to specifically thank the Steelers, Jets, and Cardinals. Each and every teammate, coach and front office employee has made a lasting impact on my life. It was a pleasure playing for first class organizations who surrounded me with incredibly dedicated individuals. I want to thank each of the beat writers that covered me throughout my career. These guys work hard and always treated me with respect. I want to also thank the fans. The roar of the crowd kept me going more than the fans will ever know.
It is time to move on to the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to spend more time with my family. Playing in this league for as long as I did takes sacrifice, not only by me, but by each of them. I want to thank Julie, Annabelle and Burton for allowing me to fulfill all of my boyhood dreams. I couldn't have done it without you."
After being a first-round pick of the Steelers in 1998, Faneca spent 10 seasons in Pittsburgh before two with the Jets and one with the Cardinals. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler, six-time first team All-Pro and was named to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team.
The way we see it
It's impossible to tell, but there is a good chance that Faneca could wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at some point. One of the elite guards of his era, he started 201 career regular season games and was good from the moment he started his career all the way through his final season with Arizona.