Alan Faneca will announce retirement

Alan Faneca, a nine-time Pro Bowl performer, will announce his retirement from the NFL today.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reported via Twitter that Faneca has decided to hang ’em up after a decorated 13-year career as one of the finest guards of his era.

Faneca, who won a Super Bowl XL ring with the Pittsburrrgh Steelers, played last season for the Arizona Cardinals after being released by the New York Jets. He had a close relationship with Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm, who also coached him in Pittsburgh. Faneca attended Grimm’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

He is a nine-time All-Pro and made 185 career starts. Faneca will be a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame when he is eligible.

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