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Alan Faneca knew for about two weeks that he would be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class from 2021

It might have been harder to keep that knowledge a secret than pancake a 325-pound defense attorney, especially since the former all-pro security guard at Pittsburgh Steelers had missed the cut in the past five years

Until the result was announced on national television on Saturday night, Faneca had to keep his election close to the vest

“Keep an eye on lies”, Faneca said with a laugh when she was asked on Sunday after waiting. “What lies have I told this person? The moment I tell someone something, I think, “If you’re smart, maybe you can find out“It was a lot on tiptoe”

In his sixth year as a finalist, Faneca was among the five modern-day finalists selected for launch in Canton, Ohio in August.He is part of a group that includes quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, security John Lynch and cornerback Charles Woodson include senior candidate Drew Pearson, coach candidate Tom Flores, and contributor Bill Nunn, the late Steelers scouting and personnel guru

The ceremony will take place on August 6-9 and will be held in conjunction with the 2020 Induction Class which has been delayed due to the pandemic

One person Faneca pointed out was Steeler’s President Art Rooney II. He called Rooney on Friday night, Rooney said he was half asleep, hoping the call was more than just a dream

“It was a lovely moment and kind of cool hearing from him directly to bring me this news,” said Rooney

Under normal conditions, the 15 modern-day finalists will be flown to the Super Bowl. On the eve of the game, the chosen few of David Baker, President of the Hall of Fame, knock on the door of their hotel room

This year, due to the pandemic, a teleconference with the 48-member voting committee was held in January after the finalists were determined, Baker and a film crew headed to the hometown of each elected player with a surprise knock on the door

Baker’s trip to Faneca’s Louisiana house was coordinated with the help of Faneca’s wife, Julie

“He’s the guy I’ve wanted to hug for the past six years,” said Baker. “Now all we can do is poke our fists because of social distancing”

Baker said some Faneca family members drove five hours to be part of the moment, and some entered the house through the back while knocking on the front door. When Faneca looked out the window, he could be booming -Microphone that advised him that Baker was on his doorstep

“Being surprised is definitely better than waiting in the hotel room,” Faneca said. “You caught me It was a big surprise”

However, not every member of the Faneca family was in attendance and they kept their selections a secret until Saturday night.Like the other re-minted Hall of Famers, Faneca traveled to Tampa to announce and it will be unveiled during the Super Bowl on Sunday

“I have a family here in Tampa,” Faneca said. “Julie and I went to see the show with you. I hadn’t told you yet I wanted to tell you before it was announced and Julie said,” Don’t do it do us now “We popped champagne and I made a little toast and thanked them for having me I said, “No matter what happens later, it doesn’t matter because I’m already in’ ”

“Everyone took twice and then started jumping up and down,” he said “It was great to share with the family and surprise them It was a great night”

NFL Network will televise a 30-minute show at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 shows extensive footage of Baker arriving at every Hall of Famer house and knocking on the door

Joe Rutter is a contributor to Tribune Review You can contact Joe by email at jrutter @ triblivecom or on Twitter

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