Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward throws the ball with fans before the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field.

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Hines Ward, Alan Faneca Named Semifinalists For Hall Of Fame: Class Of 2019

November 20, 2018 - 8:35 pm

Two former Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl champions are in the running to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the Class of 2019.

According to a statement from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers’ guard Alan Faneca and Steelers’ receiver Hines Ward made the nominees, along with 23 other semifinalists.

Faneca was the first-round draft pick for the Steelers in 1998, playing 10 seasons with Pittsburgh, including being a member of the Super Bowl XL Championship team.

Ward was a third round draft pick in 1998, playing 14 seasons in Pittsburgh, which included being named MVP of Super Bowl XL.

Both players have been HOF nominees in the past. Faneca being named a finalist the last three years, and Ward named a semifinalist for a third straight year.

Faneca and Ward will find out if they made it to the top 15 Modern Era finalist on January 3rd. From there, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee will meet on February 2nd and narrow the list from 15 to 10 to 5. The top 5 will be announced during the NFL Honors show.

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