Steelers HOF candidates now and in the future

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates after a touchdown with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84)Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Faneca, Roethlisberger, A. B. top Hall prospects

Retired

--Guard Alan Faneca: Faneca is in his third season of eligibility and should be the next Steelers player to be enshrined. During his 13-year career, Faneca made the Pro Bowl nine times, earned first-team All-Pro honors six times and was named to the all-decade team of the 2000s. It's hard to imagine someone with those credentials to be excluded even though Faneca has been eligible since 2016. Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher said Faneca "redefined" the guard position because of his ability to block at the point of attack as well as pulling and hitting moving targets on the second level of the defense.

Still playing

--Wide receiver Antonio Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: The Steelers have two players who are almost locks for the Hall of Fame. Brown is on pace to become one of the NFL's most productive receivers to ever play the game. In his first eight seasons, he has 733 receptions for 9,910 yards. Jerry Rice, who is widely regarded as the best receiver to ever play, had 610 receptions and 10,273 yards in his first eight NFL seasons.

Brown has had at least 1,400 receiving yards in four of his first eight seasons; Rice had six such seasons in his 20-year career. Playing for a franchise that already boasts two Hall of Fame receivers in Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, Brown is already making the case that he's the best receiver in Steelers history. Roethlisberger has played in three Super Bowls and won two of them.

The only quarterback with multiple Super Bowls that's not in the Hall of Fame is Jim Plunkett, and Roethlisberger has much better statistics than the former Patriots and Raiders signal-caller. Roethlisberger will enter the season eighth on the NFL's all-time passing yards list with 51,065 yards. He should pass John Elway for seventh place in the first few weeks of the season and could finish his career in sixth place if he plays longer than Eli Manning, who is entering the season 618 yards ahead of him.

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