Normally the NFL will place their Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists in hotels. Then you would wait for the knock to get into Football Immortality. This year things were different due to Covid-19. The knock would come to your home. Faneca knew he was going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for about two weeks. It was very hard for him to not tell his family and friends. His wife knew, but no one else. Faneca did make a call to Art Rooney II on Friday to notify him he was going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame according to Joe Rutter.
Faneca said he had to lie to some people and if they were smart they would have figured out he was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He could not tell anyone until February 6th when it became official. It took a while for Alan to get into the Hall of Fame (6 years), but the wait was worth it.
Alan Faneca finally told his family in Tampa, Florida: “I’ve got family here in Tampa,” Faneca said. “Julie and I went to watch the show with them. I had not told them yet. I was going to tell them before it was announced and Julie said, ‘Let’s do it now.’ We popped some champagne and I was making a little toast and thanking them for having me and I said, ‘No matter what happens, later on, it doesn’t matter because I’m already in.’”
Alan said everyone did a double-take when he announced he was in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Surprised by the announcement everyone jumped in joy. After six long years, David Baker finally ended up knocking on Alan Faneca's door and welcomed him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Faneca will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame sometime between August 6th-9th, 2021. Four other Steelers will join him.