There’s one place that might be celebrating newly elected Pro Football Hall of Famer Alan Faneca more than Pittsburgh: Virginia Beach, Virginia, which is where Faneca grew up and calls home.
The Virginia Beach community showed their love of Faneca when he returned home after spending Sunday in Tampa Bay, where he was honored with the rest of the 2021 Hall of Fame class during Super Bowl LV. Faneca was greeted by friends and neighbors with a surprise socially-distanced salute. A fire engine and ladder truck from station eight of the Virginia Beach Fire Department was even on hand for the celebration, according to video from WTKR-TV in Virginia Beach.
Here's the video.
Congrats to @afan66 on football immortality!
— Adam Winkler (@AdamWinkSports) February 9, 2021
Faneca was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his sixth year on the ballot on the Saturday night before Super Bowl LV. He played guard for the Steelers from 1998-2007 after being selected by the team in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of LSU.
Faneca was one of the most dominant offensive linemen of his era, and was chosen to participate in nine Pro Bowls and was an eight-time All-Pro. He is a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team and won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers.
While Faneca played most of his career in Pittsburgh, he’s from Virginia Beach and attended First Colonial High School in Virginia.