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redst3
06-25-2006, 06:40 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2006-06-21-elite-ol_x.htm

good read, here are the parts about him - and sorry if this has already been posted...

Steelers' Faneca sweats the small stuff

Big people battle big people in the NFL for ever-increasing stakes.

Often the most critical element to their success is a willingness to think small.

Overlook no detail. Ignore not even the seemingly trivial flaw. Obsess about the minute aspects.

"You have to keep working on the little things," says Alan Faneca, the Pittsburgh Steelers standout guard. "The tendency is to let the small things, like footwork, slide as you get tired and banged up. You really have to watch what you're doing when you watch game film to see what you're slipping on.

"If you're banged up and something is not functioning as well as you would like, you still have to work at it, even if you can't practice because you're saving it for the game. You take mental reps, go through things in your head to stay in the game."

Which is where Faneca stays. A No. 1 pick in 1998, he has started 64 consecutive regular-season games and 121 of the 126 he has played in. He's missed two games in his career.

Five times a Pro Bowl pick, Faneca says he enjoys the mental part of his job as much as the application of brute force in the Steelers' potent running game.

When he sits down to look at video of his opponents, he might as well be at the movies staring at a summer blockbuster. He's thoroughly engrossed.

"I really enjoy trying to figure things out. Even though it's challenging to have different looks thrown at you, to me it's like a puzzle," he says. "When you see a team do things that are different, you kind of insert plays you run and figure how it would work out, or how a pass protection would work against that."

Preparation sets the table. The willingness to sell out on the field clears it.

"I just love playing with him," says tackle Marvel Smith, who has lined up next to Faneca on the left side of the Pittsburgh line the last two years. "I'm amazed by his intensity during the game. I know he has made me a better player. You can't help but be a better player being with him."

Smith says it is routine to look at game video and see Faneca execute his block at the line, take on a linebacker and finish the play 30 yards downfield.

"It just rubs off on all the offensive linemen," he says. "We all started looking for extra blocks."

Faneca isn't one to talk much about big offseason plans. He says there isn't much "off" in the offseason and that has only been more true with the Steelers coming off a Super Bowl victory.

"The way I look at it, every season for the last five years has ended with the Pro Bowl, and when that game is over the season has begun because everybody wants to get where you've just been. You always have to find something to get you better and work harder than everybody else," he says.

Yet he'll still find a little time to go back home to Thibodeaux, La., and do a little fishing. Does his mind wander to X's and O's as he tries to hook the elusive redfish and speckled trout on these precious bits of down time?

"I'm just thinking about the fish," he says. "You've got to get away from it. You've got to have some time to prepare yourself for the long haul of the season."

BlacknGold Bleeder
06-25-2006, 07:38 AM
Good article ... about a true Steeler!!

clevestinks
06-25-2006, 07:51 AM
Good Article!

With a World Championship added to his resume, is he a HOF`er!

I say yes! He is always mentioned as one of the best linemen in the league, and a SuperBowl ring always helps!

BlackNGold203
06-25-2006, 08:59 AM
Success doesnt just happen...its earned.....

Faneca is a consumate pro and a class act....

Hammer67
06-25-2006, 09:57 AM
Faneca is what I consider the perfect Steeler. Tough, durable, dominating and a class act.

The best guard in football and the best guard in the history of the Steelers.

nicesteel4life
06-25-2006, 10:30 AM
YES, YES, YES Indeed. One of the TRUE sportsman in the industry today. He plays hard, Helps in the community hard, and raises his family hard.....3 Hards make one hell of a STEELERS GUARD!!!!

Lyn
06-25-2006, 10:45 AM
His aunt is a member of my club. She lives in TX and she and Alan are quite close, I was talking to her yesterday and she was telling me about Ike taylor's football camp that Alan is helping him with and she did tell me all about the superbowl trip Alan took her on.

Another great point, she joined my club during the playoffs this year which only proves that just because you join a club or a forum and have never posted, etc does not mean you are a bandwagoner. She is a perfect example of that.

Stillers#1
06-25-2006, 10:55 AM
This dude is nothing but a beast, when I played in college, def modeled every little bit of my game after what he did. I consider myself his biggest fan lol, I love the looks on peoples face up here when I go to the bar wearing an o-lineman's jersey.

I actually met him at the nextel place in cranberry, he signed my bill, since I didn't have anything else. Get this though, they wouldn't give him a phone, I can't remember the reason. I think his address was still down in LA, but they gave him a hard time. Dude is fricking huge. When I met Max Starks in Kyrgystan, he had nothing but good to say about Alan.

DEF A TRUE STEELER!!!!

redst3
06-26-2006, 05:13 AM
His aunt is a member of my club. She lives in TX and she and Alan are quite close, I was talking to her yesterday and she was telling me about Ike taylor's football camp that Alan is helping him with and she did tell me all about the superbowl trip Alan took her on.

Thats cool. a true brush with greatness!

redst3
06-26-2006, 05:17 AM
I actually met him at the nextel place in cranberry, he signed my bill, since I didn't have anything else. ..... When I met Max Starks in Kyrgystan, he had nothing but good to say about Alan.

I hear Faneca is a great guy. I know years ago his Father used to write in to Steelers Digest and he always showed a lot of class. I thought it was great that Max went over there and showed support for the troops.

Elvis
06-26-2006, 07:02 AM
:heart: That is how I describe Faneca. He is a good player, but I dont know that he a Hall Of Famer yet. A player that I would love to see in action is OG Chris Kemoeatu, Mel Kiper Jr said he is one of the most meanest nastiest players he has ever seen.
God Bless
Elvis

KCOUZ
06-26-2006, 07:43 AM
New , here. Asking for advice. I am 35 years old, been watching Steeelers football since I was 5 years old with my diehard steeler neighbor. July 1st, 2006- We are having Joey Porter at the Westfield Franklin Park Mall- Toledo, OH. How would one suggest promoting this on the website???? He will be in from 12:30pm- 2:30pm. Our store phone number is #419-474-7611, and tickets are $60.00 an autograph. Any help would be appreciated.

Haiku_Dirtt
06-26-2006, 02:16 PM
:heart: That is how I describe Faneca. He is a good player, but I dont know that he a Hall Of Famer yet. A player that I would love to see in action is OG Chris Kemoeatu, Mel Kiper Jr said he is one of the most meanest nastiest players he has ever seen.
God Bless
Elvis

DUDE!!! Me too. I hear Kemoeatu loves nothing more than to pull and plow downfield...quintesensial Steeler lineman. He was a steal in the draft. We'll see him play this pre-season.

We're seeing more and more players with Samoan/ Hawaiian heritage coming into the league and exceling. I live in Hawaii and its no surprise to me. You're talking seriously big, strong bada*sses.

Black@Gold Forever32
06-26-2006, 02:24 PM
DUDE!!! Me too. I hear Kemoeatu loves nothing more than to pull and plow downfield...quintesensial Steeler lineman. He was a steal in the draft. We'll see him play this pre-season.

We're seeing more and more players with Samoan/ Hawaiian heritage coming into the league and exceling. I live in Hawaii and its no surprise to me. You're talking seriously big, strong bada*sses.

Alan Faneca is the best guard in the NFL and the best guard in Steelers history. I think he is Hall of Fame material.

Now about Big Chris Kemoeatu, I love this kid. Chris will challenge for Kendall Simmons for the starters spot at RG in training camp. It should be interesting to watch that battle.

Haiku_Dirtt
06-26-2006, 02:35 PM
Alan Faneca is the best guard in the NFL and the best guard in Steelers history. I think he is Hall of Fame material.

Now about Big Chris Kemoeatu, I love this kid. Chris will challenge for Kendall Simmons for the starters spot at RG in training camp. It should be interesting to watch that battle.

Simmons and Starks have to improve over last season. It's dog eat dog in the trenches and if Simmons loses his job then so be it. But I really feel for the guy and his unlucky streak.

Black@Gold Forever32
06-26-2006, 02:39 PM
Simmons and Starks have to improve over last season. It's dog eat dog in the trenches and if Simmons loses his job then so be it. But I really feel for the guy and his unlucky streak.

Yea, I agree the right side of our Oline better improve. But I think at the end of the year they did do that. Max Starks had an up and down year. But he was a first time starter. So I will cut him some slack. Yea about Simmons he has had some terrible luck but if Chris beats him out like you said so be it.