Former security guard Alan Faneca and scout Bill Nunn will represent the Pittsburgh Steelers as elected members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class in 2021.
Faneca, a six-time finalist, was the Steelers’ first draft pick in 1998. He retired after 13 NFL seasons, 10 of which were in Pittsburgh, including nine Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl XL Championship.
“I would like to congratulate Alan Faneca on his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Art Rooney II, President of Steelers, in a statement. “Without a doubt, Alan was one of the best Guardians in Steelers history and one of the best in the NFL during a 13-year career in which he was named six first-team All-Pro and nine Pro Bowls. Alan was it.” Unique in that he was big and strong enough to handle indoor pass rushers and keep them away from our quarterback, but also mobile enough to pull in both directions and lead one of our running backs towards the end. In Super Bowl XL, Alan showed his athletic ability in our win when he pulled right off his left guard post and made the block that got Willie Parker into secondary school on a 75-yard touchdown run that is still a Super Bowl to this day -Record remains.
“I am very much looking forward to Alan and his family for this well-deserved individual honor. I am sure it will be a special weekend in Canton for his entire family and for the Steelers Nation.”
Nunn held several positions within the Pittsburg Steelers organization, beginning in 1967 and then from 1969 to 2014. After a newspaper career, he joined the Steelers in 1968 as a scout. Nunn was a member of the opening class of the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Nunn is anchored as a contributor.
“I’m thrilled that Bill Nunn was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor,” Rooney said in a statement. “Not only has he been a special friend and advisor to me, my father, my uncle Art Rooney Jr., but also to Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin, and everyone he has worked with during his 46 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His stories , Advice and Lessons That he has taught us all still shows in our daily work, he was a true pioneer in helping traditional HBCU players get their chance in the National Football League, and he deserves this extraordinary honor so much.
“I’m looking forward to celebrating his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with his family in Canton this summer. I couldn’t be more excited to see him receive that recognition.”
Hall of Fame Weekend 2021 will take place August 5-8, 2021 in Canton, Ohio. The Steelers will play the Dallas Cowboys during the Hall of Fame game after it was postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19. The 2020 class will anchor on Saturday August 7th and the 2021 class will anchor on Sunday August 8th.
Troy Polamalu, Bill Cowher, and Donnie Shell will be inducted into the 2020 class.
Noah Strackbein is a publisher at AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack and AllSteelers @si_steelers.