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Captcoolhand
08-14-2007, 04:22 PM
LATROBE _ Alan Faneca's farewell tour is under way. "Knowing the end is inevitable, it does get you thinking about things," said the perennial all-star guard who plans on leaving the Steelers after this season and shop his value on the open market.
"It's the last time for this, it's the last time for that. Thinking that I have X number of home games left ... thing like that. I try to stay off that road. I try to stay focused. But yeah, people are starting to remind me that this is it. Someone asked me about this being my last camp at St. Vincent. Yeah, it is. I'll miss St. Vincent ... except for that hill over there."
Faneca then pointed to an uphill sidewalk leading from the practice fields to the locker room. It's a climb Faneca has made so many times over the past 10 years.
But because the Steelers haven't offered him what he deems a fair contract extension, this will be Faneca's last week in Latrobe.
That means that "Faneca's Fanatics" will be making their last trip to the Laurel Highlands as well.
"Faneca's Fanatics" are a group of Steeler fans involved with the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania. Around 40 or so members of the group _ adults and children with epilepsy and their family and friends _ made the trip to St. Vincent to watch Monday's practice and talk with Faneca afterwards. They all wore yellow "Faneca's Fanatics" t-shirts.
Faneca, 30, has managed to play football at an All-Pro level even though he has epilepsy. His daughter, Anabelle Kathryn, also has the disease.
Two of the "Fanatics" who attended Monday's practice were Alex Stefura, a 17-year-year-old senior at Ellwood City High School, and her 23-year brother Anthony, who has epilepsy.
"I know what these families are going through," said Faneca, who signed autographs and posed for pictures with his "Fanatics."
"We all know how everyone loves the Steelers and loves to be out here, so this it's a chance to give them that opportunity and to have some fun." He'll be well missed.

SteelersWoman
08-15-2007, 03:00 AM
I wish he'd change his mind--there's some things you just can't (or shouldn't) put a price on--especially when you're already making so much.

DIESELMAN
08-15-2007, 05:11 AM
A lot can happen between now and the end of the season. If we gel as a team at the right time and everything comes together like we are all hoping, we should have no reason not to make a deep playoff run and even the SB. If that happens it won't be a miracle like a lot of experts will claim because we have a 1st year coach but because we do have a talented team on both sides of the ball. If and when the Steelers are successful and show that for years to come, it could change Faneca's perspective on staying with the Steelers, afterall what would any player want? More money for a few years after already having a good bank account or get some more SB rings? The honor and prestige that comes with the championships would certainly solidify his place in the HOF.

Prosdo
08-15-2007, 05:39 AM
Faneca is talented, but his attitude just plain sucks. I really have lost a lot of respect for him.

Iron City South
08-15-2007, 09:19 AM
Faneca is talented, but his attitude just plain sucks. I really have lost a lot of respect for him.

I don't think it's a BAD attitude, I just think Faneca is the type of person that buys into an ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY (kind of like a government worker); meaning he thinks because hes been here 10 years his senority has earned him a new contract and has earned him special privileges. What he doesn't realize is that his current contract is what he negotiated and has earned, nothing more ... nothing less.

BlitzburghNation
08-15-2007, 01:54 PM
A lot can happen between now and the end of the season. If we gel as a team at the right time and everything comes together like we are all hoping, we should have no reason not to make a deep playoff run and even the SB. If that happens it won't be a miracle like a lot of experts will claim because we have a 1st year coach but because we do have a talented team on both sides of the ball. If and when the Steelers are successful and show that for years to come, it could change Faneca's perspective on staying with the Steelers, afterall what would any player want? More money for a few years after already having a good bank account or get some more SB rings? The honor and prestige that comes with the championships would certainly solidify his place in the HOF.


Well said "Deez" :clap:

Ambridge
08-15-2007, 02:50 PM
I don't think it's a BAD attitude, I just think Faneca is the type of person that buys into an ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY (kind of like a government worker); meaning he thinks because hes been here 10 years his senority has earned him a new contract and has earned him special privileges. What he doesn't realize is that his current contract is what he negotiated and has earned, nothing more ... nothing less.

Entitlement Mentality??
No way!! Faneca is a perennial All-Pro who's considered one of the best at his position. He's making literal peanuts in comparison to what the going rate for offensive guards has skyrocketed up to.
When the likes of Leonard Davis...Derrick Dockery and a small collection of other bums are signing huge mega-million dollar deals around the league Faneca can't be blamed for wanting to be fairly compensated...or at least what the rate for topped-out guards is paying out.

I do think it's a shame the Steelers and Faneca can't both compromise and agree on a workable $$$ amount.

manofsteel
08-15-2007, 08:11 PM
Everyone knows the Rooneys dont shell out big cash. But Alan needed to be a little more fair about the deal. He has said hes open to an extention as well. You never know the Rooneys might sign him on for another year with a second year option.

Stlrs4Life
08-15-2007, 11:06 PM
Entitlement Mentality??
No way!! Faneca is a perennial All-Pro who's considered one of the best at his position. He's making literal peanuts in comparison to what the going rate for offensive guards has skyrocketed up to.
When the likes of Leonard Davis...Derrick Dockery and a small collection of other bums are signing huge mega-million dollar deals around the league Faneca can't be blamed for wanting to be fairly compensated...or at least what the rate for topped-out guards is paying out.

I do think it's a shame the Steelers and Faneca can't both compromise and agree on a workable $$$ amount.


Exactly, there is no reason why they can't come togeter on a deal fair for both sides.

BRICKTOWN BEAST
08-16-2007, 12:33 PM
Yeah all those crappy Guards geting big dough and Faneca playing 10 years at a caliber level thinks he deserves a little more. But you can't blame him because if he was on any other team he would easily get this money but since hes on the Steeles they don't like handing out giant paychecks. Sure I think everyone wished Faneca wasn't about the money and playing for the team he played his whole carer but sometimes it doesn't work out. So I just thank him for the 10 years of work put in and being one of the best at his position.

BlackGold4vr
08-16-2007, 12:45 PM
But you can't blame him because if he was on any other team he would easily get this money but since he's on the Steelers they don't like handing out giant paychecks.


That statement is completely false. The Steelers just recently made Troy Polumalu the highest paid safety in the league. At seasons end last year the Steelers were one of the teams closest to the salary cap. How can a team with some of the least amount of wiggle room under the cap still garner comments about being cheap? The Steelers spread their wealth out more than some other teams, that is true. Cheap they are not! Perhaps if Faneca had gone about his business and quietly negotiated he might be closer to a deal than he is. Or perhaps the Steelers don't feel a guard is worth that kind of capital regardless of how good he is. You gotta remember that ALL teams must let good players go, not just the Steelers. Teams must juggle their star players contracts to stay competitive yet still allow room for the growth of their new players developement. Can't keep em all! :nono:

K Train
08-16-2007, 12:57 PM
Everyone knows the Rooneys dont shell out big cash. But Alan needed to be a little more fair about the deal. He has said hes open to an extention as well. You never know the Rooneys might sign him on for another year with a second year option.

you act like we have unlimited cash to hand out to everyone, just because rooney isnt dan snyder doesnt make him cheap. We would rather keep most of our players happy, rather than just one, giving faneca the money he wants would put us in big trouble for years to come because hes not that great of an investment at this point, hes a guard, not a franchise LT, we made him the highest paid guard at one point, it might be asking a little much to do that again, hes just not worth it. Sure hes still considered one of the best, but hes making the probowl based on rep at this point, it wont be long til his play starts to decline and itssad to say but its true, he is getting old....we will draft the top guard available next year and you all will forget about faneca, i wish we wouldve traded the bastard before the draft anyway

Iron City South
08-16-2007, 01:11 PM
We got 10 great seasons out of Faneca, there's no way in hell I'd hand out Top 3 money to him at this juncture of his career ..... not for a lineman, no way.

If they do anything smart, they'll make a push to add incentives for next year and extend 1 year beyond that.

NOVA STEELERS
08-17-2007, 12:36 PM
Faneca is an anchor to the O-Line, but that is not the attitude we need in the locker room...........

BlitzburghRockCity
08-17-2007, 12:53 PM
That statement is completely false. The Steelers just recently made Troy Polumalu the highest paid safety in the league. At seasons end last year the Steelers were one of the teams closest to the salary cap. How can a team with some of the least amount of wiggle room under the cap still garner comments about being cheap? The Steelers spread their wealth out more than some other teams, that is true. Cheap they are not! Perhaps if Faneca had gone about his business and quietly negotiated he might be closer to a deal than he is. Or perhaps the Steelers don't feel a guard is worth that kind of capital regardless of how good he is. You gotta remember that ALL teams must let good players go, not just the Steelers. Teams must juggle their star players contracts to stay competitive yet still allow room for the growth of their new players developement. Can't keep em all! :nono:

:iagree:

That's a hard thing to get over as Steeler fans sometimes...before we never used to hand out big paychecks because we never had the money being at TRS and being more of a small market team so everybody called us cheap. Since we built Heinz Field and since and started having more success in the last decade then we did during the 80's. Now that we have more money, more success, we can spend more money and lure more high FA's and keep more of our own but unfortunately it never makes it easy to deal with losing such a successful and until this year a very popular player.