For many fans, watching retired Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis be passed over for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame was unbelievable. While never an explosive player, he may be the greatest big back in history and should be in the hall.Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Why? Early in the week, the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) announced that long-time Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette will be presented with the annual Dick McCann Award.
This award, given to a career reporter who has made distinguished contributions to professional football, has been given out since 1969. That language certainly describes Bouchette, who has been covering the Steelers in different media outlets since 1974. He currently works as the Steelers beat writer with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a position he started in 1983, and doubles as the Steelers insider for 93-7 The Fan.
Besides his newspaper and weekly media requirements, Bouchette found time to pen two books: “The Pittsburgh Steelers” and “Dawn of a New Steel Age: Bill Cowher’s Steelers Forge into the ’90′s.” While some fans may still not pay attention to the Hall of Fame in 2014, they should go and show their support for Bouchette, who deserves this great honor, and for Bettis, who should be joining Bouchette during this celebration.
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