Every Super Bowl Saturday night, the incoming class for the Hall Of Fame is always announced. There were many names on the 2015 ballot but only a few could get in. This year, Charles Haley, Will Shields, the late great Junior Seau, Bill Polian, Tim Brown, Mick Tinglehoff, Ron Wolf and Bill Polian all got in. So did Jerome Bettis, who’s waited and deserved this high honor.
I saw a lot of Bettis during his career and he was the perfect fit for Bill Cowher and the Steelers offense that relied heavily on running the ball, controlling the clock and playing good defense. He was a guy who was known for his bruising running style that became known as “the bus”. Jerome Bettis is one of the most distinctive running backs ever to play the game. He was a downhill runner that loved to lower that shoulder and run a defender over. He used his 260 pound frame and nimble feet to run all over defenses and Bill Cowher labeled him as the “greatest football closer” of all time because of his ability to wear down defenses, break tackles and chew up the clock in very close games.
He will always be remembered as a great player and a guy who built a legendary name for himself. He’s also a great person who always displayed class and professionalism when they won and even after the toughest losses. It’s one thing when you are respected by your teammates and guys within your organization. He was also respected and admired by his opponents even on the rival teams. That definitely says a lot about Bettis during his time in the league. Congrats on getting to Canton.