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Old 06-25-2006, 06:40 AM   #1
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http://www.usatoday.com/sports/footb...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."
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Good article ... about a true Steeler!!
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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!
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Success doesnt just happen...its earned.....

Faneca is a consumate pro and a class act....
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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.
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Old 06-25-2006, 10:30 AM   #6
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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!!!!
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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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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