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Full Name: Jerome Abram Bettis Primary Position: RB
Height/Weight: 5' 11"/253 College: University of Notre Dame
Birthdate: February 16, 1972 High School: McKenzie (Detroit, MI)
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan Nickname: The Bus
Pro Experience: 13 years


Biography

Jerome Abram Bettis, nicknamed "The Bus" (born February 16, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan), is a former American football full back for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. Bettis is considered one of the best full backs of his era and is fifth on the National Football League's all-time rushing list. As a child Bettis greatly suffered from asthma, and still does to some extent. He is an avid bowler and has credited 300 games.

At Mackenzie High School in Detroit, Bettis was a standout full back and linebacker. As a senior, he was rated the top player in the state by the Detroit Free Press, and was the Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year award winner.

At the University of Notre Dame, Bettis finished his career with 337 rushing attempts for 1912 yards (5.7 yards per rushing attempt avg.), and made 32 receptions for 429 yards (13.4 yards per reception). In his last game as a senior, a 28-3 win by Notre Dame over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, he rushed 20 times for 75 yards.

Bettis was picked in the first round (10th overall) of the 1993 draft by the Los Angeles Rams. A star even in his rookie year, he rushed for 1429 yards in 1993, and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. He rushed for over 1,000 in his second season with the Rams but his carries declined as he fell out of favor with the team.

After Rams head coach Chuck Knox retired and was replaced by Rich Brooks, Bettis no longer fit into the team's plans. He was traded to the Steelers in 1996 along with a third round draft pick in exchange for a second round pick in 1996 and a fourth round draft pick in 1997.

His career took an upturn when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had been an integral part of the Steelers offense since that time, and until 2001 was a dependable 1,000-yard rusher. Although age had slightly reduced his role, he remained important to the Steelers and was the NFL's 5th leading all-time rusher. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2005. In 2002 Bettis was the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

After the Steelers' defeat in the 2004 AFC Championship Game on January 23, 2005, Bettis announced that he was considering retirement, but would not make a final decision for several months to prevent the sting of the defeat from clouding his judgement. Later, Bettis agreed to stay with the Steelers for another season. He stated he would love to play in the Super Bowl in 2006 since it was to be played in his hometown of Detroit. His wish came true as the Steelers played in, and won, Super Bowl XL (40) against the Seattle Seahawks on February 5, 2006.

Most people think Bettis acquired the nickname The Bus from legendary Steelers radio color commentator Myron Cope; but Myron only popularized the nickname after hearing a brother of a fellow Notre Dame alumni call Jerome "Bussy" in Green Bay. It was during the Green Bay broadcast that Cope starting using the nickname "The Bus." Jerome credits someone at the Notre Dame school newspaper with first using the now famous nickname.

Off the field, Bettis hosts a Pittsburgh-based television sports and entertainment program called The Jerome Bettis Show. He began a charity called the Bus Stops Here Foundation to aid underprivileged children in 1997. He plans on doing some development on the Detroit River and has also indicated that he may open a chicken farm in the Metro-Detroit area.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Rushing Stats

year team league games ATT YDS AVG TD LNG
1993 LAM NFL 16 294 1429 4.9 7 71t
1994 LAM NFL 16 319 1025 3.2 3 19
1995 STL NFL 15 183 637 3.5 3 41
1996 PIT NFL 16 320 1431 4.5 11 50t
1997 PIT NFL 15 375 1665 4.4 7 34
1998 PIT NFL 15 316 1185 3.8 3 42
1999 PIT NFL 16 299 1091 3.6 7 35
2000 PIT NFL 16 355 1341 3.8 8 30
2001 PIT NFL 11 225 1072 4.8 4 48
2002 PIT NFL 13 187 666 3.6 9 41t
2003 PIT NFL 16 246 811 3.3 7 21
2004 PIT NFL 15 250 941 3.8 13 29
2005 PIT NFL 12 110 368 3.3 9 39
13 year NFL career 192 3479 13662 3.9 91 0

Receiving Stats

year team league games REC YDS AVG TD LNG
1993 LAM NFL 16 26 244 9.4 0 28
1994 LAM NFL 16 31 293 9.5 1 34
1995 STL NFL 15 18 106 5.9 0 19
1996 PIT NFL 16 22 122 5.5 0 16
1997 PIT NFL 15 15 110 7.3 2 19t
1998 PIT NFL 15 16 90 5.6 0 26
1999 PIT NFL 16 21 110 5.2 0 17
2000 PIT NFL 16 13 97 7.5 0 25
2001 PIT NFL 11 8 48 6 0 16
2002 PIT NFL 13 7 57 8.1 0 15
2003 PIT NFL 16 13 86 6.6 0 16
2004 PIT NFL 15 6 46 7.7 0 20
2005 PIT NFL 12 4 40 10 0 16
13 year NFL career 192 200 1449 7.2 3 0

Passing Stats

year team league games ATT CMP PCT YDS YPA TD INT SKD SKY RAT
1993 LAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 LAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 STL NFL 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 PIT NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 PIT NFL 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 PIT NFL 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 PIT NFL 16 1 1 100 21 21 1 0 0 0 158.3
2000 PIT NFL 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2001 PIT NFL 11 2 1 50 32 16 1 0 0 0 135.4
2002 PIT NFL 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 PIT NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 PIT NFL 15 1 1 100 10 10 1 0 0 0 147.9
2005 PIT NFL 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 year NFL career 192 6 3 50 63 10.5 3 1 0 0 87.5

Fumble Recovery Stats

year team league games TOT OWR OPR YDS TD
1993 LAM NFL 16 4 0 0 0 0
1994 LAM NFL 16 5 3 0 0 0
1995 STL NFL 15 4 2 0 0 0
1996 PIT NFL 16 7 2 0 0 0
1997 PIT NFL 15 6 1 0 0 0
1998 PIT NFL 15 2 0 0 0 0
1999 PIT NFL 16 2 3 0 1 0
2000 PIT NFL 16 1 1 0 1 0
2001 PIT NFL 11 3 2 0 0 0
2002 PIT NFL 13 1 0 0 0 0
2003 PIT NFL 16 5 1 0 0 0
2004 PIT NFL 15 1 1 0 0 0
2005 PIT NFL 12 0 0 0 0 0
13 year NFL career 192 41 16 0 2 0

Trivia

See also

Awards

  • Won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1993
  • Won the UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year in 1993
  • Won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1996

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