The Pro Hall of Fame has finally announced the class of 2014. For some, their selection was long overdue, and for others, the wait will continue for at least one more year. Unfortunately, the latter is the case for Pittsburgh Steelers great Jerome Bettis, who was again passed over for enshrinement.
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.
While Bettis was not elected, five modern era and two senior committee players were selected. This group of selectees includes tackle Walter Jones, linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive end Michael Strahan, wide receiver Andre Reed and cornerback Aeneas Williams as modern entries. They will be joined by as defensive end Claude Humphrey, as well as the first punter ever to be elected to the Hall, Ray Guy.
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