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Former Pittsburgh Steelers Guard Alan Faneca to be Inducted Into SHAPE America’s Hall of Fame

RESTON, VA, March 10, 2016 – Alan Faneca, a nine-time All-Pro guard with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, officials announced today. SHAPE America will bestow the honor at the organization's Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, April 8, during the 131st National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis. 

That evening SHAPE America will also honor its National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for elementary, middle and high school and National Teachers of the Year for adapted physical education, dance and health at the banquet, which is sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field. 

SHAPE America's Hall of Fame awards are given to honor outstanding individuals who 1) make significant contributions to maintaining sport, physical education and physical activity as an integral part of the total education program; 2) further the image of sport and healthy physical activity for all; 3) accentuate the integral relationships of sport, motor development and physical activity to the total educational process; 4) encourage involvement in meaningful competitive sport or physical activity programs by influential educators and citizens in all walks of life; and 5) symbolize the educational and developmental potentials of physical education and sport. 

Past Hall of Fame inductees include golfer Annika Sorenstam, University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, tennis greats Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Anthony Munoz, and Olympians Tony DiCicco, Dick Fosbury, Rulon Gardner, Nancy Hogshead, Dan Jansen, Rafer Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, Shannon Miller, Edwin Moses, Dot Richardson, Wilma Rudolph and Peter Vidmar. 

According to SHAPE America President Stephen Jefferies of Central Washington University, "An All-American for the Louisiana State University Tigers, Alan was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He quickly earned all-rookie acclaim that season after he opened many running lanes for future Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis who ran for 1,185 yards. Over his 13-year career with the NFL, Alan has personified the trademarks of a Hall of Fame athlete with his devotion to teamwork, commitment to professional excellence and belief in the importance of being an outstanding role model to today's youth."

In 2001, Faneca's skills helped the Steelers produce the third ranked total offense, a 13-3 record and their first division title in four years. He helped the Steelers post 10-plus wins five times including regular season records of 13-3 (2001) and 15-1 (2004). 

In all, Faneca won four division titles and earned one wild-card berth with the Steelers and added a sixth career playoff appearance with the New York Jets in 2009. Faneca started 14 playoff games including four AFC championship games and a Steelers victory in Super Bowl XL. 

He earned his first Pro Bowl honor following the 2001 season which began a string of nine straight Pro Bowl nominations (2002-2010). Faneca was named first- or second-team All-Pro eight straight times and was named All-AFC seven times (2001-07). 

Known as a mauler in the run game, he helped his team secure 11 top 10 rankings in run offense during his 13 seasons in the NFL. He blocked for nine 1,000-yard rushers, five 3,000-yard passers and is a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Following his career with the Steelers, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, Faneca retired in 2011.  

The father of three, Faneca believes in the importance of physical activity for all children and adults. In recognition of the weight-related health issues suffered by many retired players, he has lost more than 100 pounds since his retirement and helps other players as well. Faneca also does extensive work with the Epilepsy Foundation of America and has participated in a podcast called "Speaking Out for Epilepsy" after being diagnosed with epilepsy. 

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the website and follow hashtag #SHAPEMinneapolis.

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About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.