Faneca, Atwater Finalists For 2020 Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Both Spent Time With The Jets During NFL Career

Rob Lep
January 02, 2020 - 7:53 pm

The 15 modern-era player finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was announced Thursday evening.

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Guard Alan Faneca (2008-09) and safety Steve Atwater (1999), who both spent time with the New York Jets, were among this year's finalists.

New York Jets guard Alan Faneca (66) along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 28, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA. The New York Jets defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20.
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This is Faneca's fifth time as a finalist (2016-20) and the third for Atwater (2016, 2019-20). Back on March 1, 2008 the Jets signed Faneca to a five-year, $40 million contract, with $21 million in guarantees. The contract, at the time, made Faneca the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history.

During his two seasons, Faneca was huge in making the Jets' rushing attack into one of the best in the NFL. In both his seasons with the Jets, the offense rushed for over 2000 yards (2006 in '08 and 2756 in '09), helping lead them all the way to the 2009 AFC Championship Game before ultimately falling to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Atwater had 36 total tackles and two forced fumbles in his one season with New York, the final of his 11-year NFL career.

The rest of the 2020 class can be seen here: