On Jan. 31, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced the Class of 2015, and Pittsburgh fans went wild! Their own, Jerome Bettis, would join football royalty in August at the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, and rightfully so.
Bettis boasts numerous awards and accolades from his time in the NFL and will finally come home to Canton this fall. Read on for details on Bettis' inspiring career and to learn how you can see him take his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame!
Class of 2015 Spotlight: Jerome Bettis
Nickname: "The Bus"
Position: Running Back
College: Notre Dame
Draft Year: 1993, First Round, 10th Overall
Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers
Honors: Rookie of the Year, All-Pro, All-NFC, Comeback Player of the Year
Super Bowl Appearances: 1, Super Bowl XL
Jerome Bettis entered the NFL coming in hot off the draft as the 10th pick in the first round in 1993. During his rookie season with the Los Angeles Rams, he finished second in rushing yards in the NFL, putting 1,429 yards under his belt. This included the first 100-yard and 200-yard rushing games in his career. His 212-yard rushing game against the New Orleans Saints was a career high and at the time, he was only the eighth rookie in NFL history to hit the 200-yard number.
His rookie season with the Rams marked the first of eight 1,000 yard seasons in his first nine years in the NFL, naming him Rookie of the Year.
Bettis remained with the Rams for three seasons before being traded to Pittsburgh for a second- and fourth-round draft pick. He joined the Steelers coming off an off season with the Rams in 1995, but arrived in Pittsburgh as "The Bus" fans loved, earning Comeback Player of the Year honors and was named first-team All-Pro in 1996.
During his first season with the Steelers, Bettis gained 1,431 yards on 320 carries with 11 touchdowns, assisting Pittsburgh in winning the division.
After accumulating six Pro Bowl performances and one Super Bowl victory, Bettis retired in 2005.
At the time of his retirement, "The Bus" ranked fifth all-time in rushing with 13,662 yards, 3,479 career carries and 91 rushing TDs. He reached the 100-yard mark in a game 61 times during regular season play and an additional three times in playoff performances.
Bettis also held 1,449 yards on 200 receptions and three TDs under his belt, in addition to his rushing totals. His combined net yardage was 16,113 - the 19th best all-time when he retired.
See Bettis Become Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame LIVE!
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