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Cardinals OL Alan Faneca Retiring After 13 NFL Seasons

Despite desires form the team that he return, guard Alan Faneca, who played and started for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, is retiring after 13 pro seasons, mostly with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is a decision that was not a surprise to many, but Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt was hoping that he would return for a second year. 

Faneca was one of the best guards in the game, having been an All-Pro and Pro Bowler nine times in his 13 years. His official statement, released through his agent, is after the jump.

"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 was one of the best in the game for a long time. We may just see him in Canton in the future. From ROTB, we wish him well in his post-football career.