Eight-time All-Pro OG Faneca announces retirement

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Eight-time All-Pro guard Alan Faneca has announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the NFL.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets standout played last season with the Arizona Cardinals. He announced he was leaving the game in a statement released Tuesday by his agent.

The 34-year-old lineman was the Steelers' first-round draft pick out of LSU in 1998. He played 10 seasons with Pittsburgh before signing a five-year contract with the Jets in 2008. New York released him following the 2009 season, and Faneca signed with the Cardinals, reuniting him with his former line coach in Pittsburgh, Hall of Famer Russ Grimm.

Faneca had said late last season that he was seriously contemplating retirement but would take some time before making his decision.