Alan Faneca’s journey to Canton, OH will have to wait another year.
Faneca, in his fourth year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, failed to make the cut of eight inductees that include: Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson. Bailey, Reed and Gonzalez were all first-ballot electives.
The six-time first-team All-Pro guard narrowly missed the cut, per TribLive.com. Faneca made it into the top ten before failing to earn a final spot on the enshrinement class.
The absence of Faneca to again be left off the final ballot has many fans and media members puzzled, and perhaps rightfully so.
2019 @ProFootballHOF class: #Ravens’ Ed Reed, #Broncos’ Champ Bailey, #Cowboys’ Gil Brandt, #Jets’ Kevin Mawae, #Patriots’ Ty Law, #Chiefs’ Johnny Robinson, #Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez and #Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.
Congratulations! But #Steelers G Alan Faneca not in again? Absurd.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) February 2, 2019
Faneca’s impressive resume includes spots on the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team, the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team, eight total All-Pro team selections, nine Pro Bowl nods and a Super Bowl ring as well.
“When you talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers during the time he was there, arguably we had the best running game in the National Football League” said Bill Cowher to Steelers.com. “To be able to do that was special. We ran left behind him or we ran right and he was pulling. He was the guy who led the way for a lot of really good running backs, including one that is in the Hall of Fame right now who would tell you a big part of why he is there is Alan Faneca.”
Faneca will have to wait until the 2020 Hall of Fame Class to again attempt to get in, and could potentially join teammate Troy Polamalu in his first year of eligibility.
The eight members of the 2019 Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Aug. 3 in Canton, OH.
Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw Used Tom Brady as Alias for Elbow Surgery in 1983
Professional athletes are some of the most recognizable figures in the world, and often do what they can to avoid drawing attention beyond the field.
That was the case for Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who donned an alias to undergo elbow surgery in 38 years ago today in 1983.
According to The Pittsburgh Press, Bradshaw was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital in Louisiana on March 3, 1983 under the pseudonym “Thomas Brady.”
On this date in 1983, the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history checked into a Louisiana hospital using an assumed name. pic.twitter.com/Yr3ujc0fHC— Quirky Research (@QuirkyResearch) March 3, 2021
Yes, you read that right. Bradshaw was admitted under the alias “Tom Brady.”
“Many times, we have to admit people under and assumed name or under no name to keep the press and fans away,” hospital administrator Charles Boyd told The Pittsburgh Press.
Little did Bradshaw know that the real Tom Brady was just a six-year-old in Northern California learning the game of football nearly two decades before achieving his own NFL stardom. Fast forward to 2021, Brady is fresh off a seventh Super Bowl title and widely considered the greatest player of all time.
Brady (7) and Bradshaw (4) have won the most and second-most Super Bowls by a quarterback in NFL history, respectively. Bradshaw’s alias is just another thread intertwining the two legends beyond winning.
The surgery was the beginning of the end for Bradshaw, who played just one game in the 1983 season before calling it a career.
Former Steelers WR Eli Rogers Signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouette
Former Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers will play the 2021 season in the Canadian Football League, Rogers announced via social media on Tuesday.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver has signed to play with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.
As long as you move forward in faith, everything else will fall into place. I am grateful and excited for this opportunity to play for the @MTLAlouettes this season. #TheMarathonContinues #ThisStoryGettingGood #bELIeve #17 pic.twitter.com/3a5nC7z6tr
— E L I (@__bELIeve17) March 2, 2021
Rogers spent the 2020 spring with the DC Defenders of the XFL, and finished the pandemic-abbreviated season with 19 catches for 164 yards, both second on the Defenders.
The Steelers released Rogers on the eve of the 2019 season after he spent three seasons with the club after singing as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2015. He finished his time in Pittsburgh with 78 catches for 822 yards and four touchdowns over 30 games, 15 of which were starting assignments.
The CFL did not play its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free agency period for the 2021 season opened on Feb. 9. The teams will play a 21-game schedule beginning on June 10 and wrapping with the 108th playing of the Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ontario on Nov. 21.
Remembering Steelers Broadcaster Myron Cope
Steelers national lost one of its most enduring figures 13 years ago on Feb. 27, 2008, when legendary team broadcaster and Pittsburgh-area journalist Myron Cope died at the age of 79.
Born Myron Sidney Kopelman, the Taylor Allderdice and Pitt graduate was a sportswriter with the Erie Daily Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sports Illustrated and Saturday Evening Post before taking to broadcasting.
Cope started as the Steelers’ radio color analyst in 1970, and over his 35-year career with the team, Cope became a huge fan favorite with his comedic personality, colorful catchphrases, nasal voice and Pittsburgh accent. Cope’s most enduring contribution to Steelers fandom came in 1975, when he invented the Terrible Towel, the proceeds from which he later donated to the Allegheny Valley School for children with intellectual and physical disabilities in Coraopolis.
After his retirement, Cope was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first team color analyst to have that honor bestowed upon him. Cope was also the first pro football broadcaster to be elected to the Radio Hall of Fame.
Steelers fans, leave your favorite memory of Myron Cope in the comments below.