Three former Steelers among Hall of Fame finalists
January 7, 2016 8:46 PM
Former Steelers guard Alan Faneca waves to his family after a Jan. 5, 2008, game that was his last as a Pittsburgh Steeler. He was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Kevin Greene watches a replay on the scoreboard in the third quarter as the Steelers try in vain to catch up to the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX. Greene was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Michael Conroy / Associated Press
Tony Dungy, a former Steelers safety who became the first black head coach to win the Super Bowl, was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three former Steelers, including guard Alan Faneca in his first year of eligibility, are among the 15 modern-day finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
Former linebacker Kevin Greene and Tony Dungy, a former safety and assistant coach with the Steelers, also made the final 15.
Faneca played 13 seasons, his first 10 with the Steelers, who drafted him in the first round in 1998 from LSU. He missed just one game in his entire career and became a starter as a rookie. He earned first-team All-Pro six times and was on nine Pro Bowl teams. He finished his career with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals.
Greene played for the Steelers from 1993-95 after he signed as a free agent from the Rams, where he played his first eight years. He went on to complete a 15-season career with the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. His 160 sacks are more than any linebacker in NFL history and rank third all time.
Dungy played for the Steelers in 1977 and 1978 and joined Chuck Noll’s staff as secondary coach in 1981. He rose to defensive coordinator under Noll before he left after the 1988 season.
He went on to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2001 and the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-08. He became he first black head coach to win a Super Bowl title in the 2006 season.
Two others in their first year of eligibility made the final 15: Quarterback Brett Favre and wide receiver Terrell Owens. The other modern-day finalists: Kicker Morten Anderson, safeties John Lynch and Steve Atwater, coach Don Coryell, running backs Edgerrin James and Terrell Davis, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, tackles Orlando Pace and Joe Jacoby, quarterback Kurt Warner.
The 15 modern finalists join three others who will be considered for the 2016 class and who were previously announced — contributor Edward DeBartolo Jr. and senior finalists Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel.
The 2016 class will be elected and announced Feb. 6, the day before Super Bowl 50.
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