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The Pro Football Hall of Fame released an article on Wednesday that featured the five defining moments of Alan Faneca's Hall of Fame career. It's always tough to judge what was the most dominant game for an offensive lineman, as they don't have tangible stats, so it was interesting that the Hall of Fame said that Faneca's Week 16 game against the Rams in 2007 was his most historic performance and listed at No. 4.
"If we had to pick out a single game performance from Faneca, it would be this one," the Hall of Fame wrote about Faneca's performance against the Rams in 2007, a game in which the Steelers won, 41-24. "As the head and veteran leader of the Steelers offensive line, Faneca helped quarterback Ben Roethlisberger achieve a perfect passer rating of 158.3 with three touchdowns on 20 passing attempts. Faneca also led the way for running back Najeh Davenport, who amassed 123 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. It was a multi-level attack from the Pittsburgh offense all started from Faneca’s work in the trenches."
The Hall of Fame had Faneca winning his first and only Super Bowl ranked at No. 2 among his defining moments of his career, but I would have had Super Bowl XL as Faneca's most historic performance, as it was on the biggest stage and he threw an epic block on a counter play to free Willie Parker for a 75-yard touchdown, which is still the longest rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history.
Getting nominated for the Hall of Fame this past February after six years of eligibility was ranked as the most defining moment of Faneca's career.
Along with Faneca, Steelers "super scout" Bill Nunn is also a member of the Class of 2021. Nunn was honored posthumously and enshrined by the Hall of Fame during a ceremony in April. He'll be recognized during the ceremony on Aug. 8, as well. In addition, Troy Polamalu, Bill Cowher and Donnie Shell will be enshrined as members of the Class of 2020 on Aug. 7.