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Former Pittsburgh Steelers Great Jerome Bettis Again a Hall of Fame Finalist

January 11th, 2014 at 10:58 PM
By Mark Mihalko
The Pro Hall of Fame has announced 15 finalists that will have a chance to be selected as members of the class of 2014 and that list has a few ties to the Pittsburgh Steelers. While running back Jerome Bettis is close to the hearts of many fans, he is only one of three potential inductees that have spent time with the organization.
'The Bus' photo (c) 2008, Andy - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
As always, there are players whose selection is long overdue, and for others, their wait will continue for at least one more year. For Bettis, now a four-time finalist, the wait has already been too long for potentially the best "Big Back" to play the game. While he was never mentioned with the greats of the game by some, his consistency was something on par with the greatest. Sixth on the all-time rushing list with 13,662 yards, the six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All Pro should finally hear his name called. 
 
A big back (5-11, 252-pounds), Bettis burst on the scene as a rookie, when he displayed a tremendous combination of speed, power and agility, which was not seen in a running back of his size in a long time. He won Rookie of the Year honors for the St. Louis Rams. After falling out of favor with the Rams in 1995, the Steelers liberated Bettis, in what may be one of the best draft day trades in history: the Steelers got Bettis, and they did not even have to give up a first round pick.
 
From that point on, “The Bus” rolled along, topping 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons in Pittsburgh. During his career, he was a fan favorite. He endeared himself to the blue collar fan base in a way that was not seen since the days of Franco Harris. Bettis retired after Super Bowl XL in 2006 and remains one of the more beloved Steelers in recent franchise history.
 
Joining Bettis as a finalists with ties to the Steelers are linebacker Kevin Greene and Tony Dungy, who played and coached with the organization under Chuck Noll. Greene spent three seasons with Pittsburgh in the 1990s and will be looked at as one of the teams most productive free agent signings.These three finalists will be joined by owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. (San Francisco 49ers), linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive backs John Lynch and Aeneas Williams, wide receivers Andre Reed, Marvin Harrison and Tim Brown, defensive linemen Charles Haley and Michael Strahan, offensive linemen Will Shields and Walter Jones, and kicker Morten Andersen.
 
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Tags: Football, Hall Of Fame, Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tony Dungy

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