Hines Ward, Alan Faneca advance in Hall of Fame voting
Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is a Hall of Fame semifinalist for the second straight year. He is joined by former teammate Alan Faneca.
PITTSBURGH — Hines Ward an Alan Faneca are Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists together for the second straight year.
The former Steelers teammates who won Super Bowl XL together are among 27 semifinalists for enshrinement in Canton. They are joined by Aliquippa native Ty Law in that number.
Fifteen finalists will be announced in January before enshrines are selected on the eve of the Super Bowl.
Faneca is making his third appearance in the semifinal round while Ward is making his second. Both have advanced this far in each year of their eligibility. Faneca has been a finalist the past two seasons. Ward has yet to make it to the last 15.
The former guard was first-team All Pro in six of his 10 seasons as a Steeler and made seven of his nine Pro Bowls with the team before finishing his career with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.
Alongside Tony Boselli and Kevin Mawae, Faneca is one of three offensive linemen in the semifinals. Mawae is the only other interior lineman.
Ward, who won Super Bowls XL and XLIII with the Steelers and took him Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XL, is one of five receivers among the last 27 up for selection. His position peers are Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.
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