We would wager that impartial viewers of the Super Bowl XL match between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks found themselves cheering for the black and yellow. Generally, this wouldn’t happen as impartial viewers would lean towards the franchise without any rings, but America knew that this would be the last time they would see the very likable Jerome Bettis and they wanted to see him finish his career with his first and only championship.
They called Jerome Bettis “the Bus” and the nickname was one of the most accurate ones in sports. He was a power Running Back who was at his best when charging at his opponent as opposed to elusively cutting around them. He got his nickname from the way he would literally carry tacklers on his back as they tried to pull him down. Often, you would see replays of Bettis gaining a first down with the football under one arm and multiple tacklers on his back.
This type of play and his likable demeanor would lead him to become one of the most popular players in the league. Bettis would sometimes fall out of favor with coaches, but it was due to schemes and not his attitude. As he was primarily a power back, he wasn’t often used as a receiving option. Still, if this is the only criticism (and is it really?) that can be found on the number five rusher in league history, can it be safe to say the Jerome’s wait for the Hall won’t be a long one?
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams
1st Round, 10th Overall in 1993
Major Accolades and Awards:
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1993)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1996)
NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year (2001)
Pro Bowl Selections (6) (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001 & 2004)
First Team All Pro Selection (2) (1993 & 1996)
Super Bowl Rings (1) (Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XL)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (5) (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 & 2000)
Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (4) (1993, 1996, 2004 & 2005)
Top Ten Finishes: Yards/Rushing Attempt (4) (1993, 1996, 1997 & 2001)
Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards/Game (5) (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 & 2001)
Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1996 & 2004)
Top Ten Finishes: Yards from Scrimmage (3) (1993, 1996 & 1997)
Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (2) (1993 & 1997)
Notable All Time Rankings:
5. Rushing Yards: 13,662
10. Rushing Touchdowns: 91
18. Yards from Scrimmage: 15,111
22. Touchdowns: 94
25. All Purpose Yards: 15,111
32. Rushing Yards/Game: 71.2
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: