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Actions Speak Louder than Words – Alan Faneca

Jacob Ray Youth & Education Manager, Pro Football Hall of Fame Published 21 Apr 2021

The Pro Football Hall of Fame once again will offer its highly popular Heart of a Hall of Famer series, powered by Extreme Networks, on May 4th, 2021 at noon (ET) with Gold Jacket Alan Faneca.

The program provides students the opportunity to learn first-hand what it took beyond athletic ability to achieve success on and off the field.

Alan Faneca, a 6’4”, 322-pound guard out of LSU, was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was inserted into the starting lineup in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals and missed only two starts for the remainder of his 206-game career. Faneca earned All-Rookie acclaim that season after he opened many running lanes for future Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis who ran for 1,185 yards.

In all, Faneca won four division titles and earned one Wild Card berth with the Steelers and added a sixth career playoff appearance with the New York Jets in 2009.

Faneca started 14 playoff games including four AFC championship games and a Steelers victory in Super Bowl XL. Faneca was named first- or second-team All-Pro eight straight times and was named All-AFC seven times (2001-07). He blocked for nine 1,000-yard rushers, five 3,000-yard passers and is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Any school can connect to the Heart of a Hall of Famer program via a PC/MAC/IOS/Android device or a traditional video conferencing system. There are limited interactive and video conferencing system spots are available, and the first 7 schools to register will receive those spots. If you register and are not one of the first 7 schools, you can still be part of the program — as a “view only” school. You still will be able to access the chat function to ask Mr. Faneca a question.

A session is available to grades 4-12 free of charge, thanks to our sponsors at Extreme Networks! For more information or to register, please contact our Education Department at or register at

Due to the differences in how schools are operating this year, we ask that you only register for this program if your students will be in the classroom. If your students are not in the classroom during this time, please see the information below on how to view the live stream of this program!

We will be streaming the program on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s YouTube page and will take questions from students throughout the program. To participate, all you will need to do is:

To ask a question, comment on the post with the following information:

  • First Name of Student
  • Name of Teacher
  • Name/Location of School
  • Question for Gold Jacket

​View the program by going to Here, you can view and set a reminder about the program and subscribe to the Hall of Fame’s Channel. The program will be taking place at Noon (ET) on May 4th.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! You can contact me at 330-588-3558 or by email at

Thank You!

Jacob Ray

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