After 13 seasons in what is almost certainly a Hall of Fame career, Cardinals G Alan Faneca has decided to retire, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Apparently, the Cardinals thought Faneca was leaning toward ending his career and wanted to give him all the time and space he needed to make the decision. Now, he has.
Said Faneca in a statement:
"After a lot of thought I am announcing my retirement from Professional Football. Playing in the NFL has been a childhood dream come true. Thirteen years later I have decided that it is time to move on.
"From the dog days of training camp to winning a Super Bowl the memories are endless. The greatest memory that I will leave the game with is all of the lifelong friendships I have made.
"I want to specifically thank the Steelers, Jets, and Cardinals. Each and every teammate, coach and front office employee has made a lasting impact on my life. It was a pleasure playing for first class organizations who surrounded me with incredibly dedicated individuals. I want to thank each of the beat writers that covered me throughout my career. These guys work hard and always treated me with respect. I want to also thank the fans. The roar of the crowd kept me going more than the fans will ever know.
"It is time to move on to the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to spend more time with my family. Playing in this league for as long as I did takes sacrifice, not only by me, but by each of them. I want to thank Julie, Annabelle and Burton for allowing me to fulfill all of my boyhood dreams. I couldn't have done it without you."
Faneca played 10 years with the Steelers, the Jets from 2008-09 and the Cardinals last season, and he was elected to the Pro Bowl every year from 2001-09.
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