Bettis Discusses Hall Of Fame, Training Camp & Steelers’ Off-Season Issues

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Just in time for Steelers training camp, former running back and Steelers great Jerome Bettis joined the Fan Morning Show Friday to talk all things football.

Last winter, Bettis was passed over for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but said he felt honored to be a finalist.

“You go through that selection period and… as a finalist and you know that you’re up with some great football players, and so all you can do is wait,” he said. “There’s nothing you can possibly do, it’s out of your hands. I talked to a couple Hall of Fame voters and early on in the process I understood it was going to be a difficult situation with three running backs getting in. It’s hard to say which guy’s going to get in first.”

As for the current Steelers, The Bus says that James Harrison’s comments during the off-season “needed to be addressed;” however, they and other off-field incidents – like Hines Ward’s arrest on DUI charges and Rashard Mendenhall’s Tweets – would not hurt the team or tear apart the locker room.

“This is a very close-knit football team so, it’s not going to affect anybody,” Bettis added. “I think those issues are long past. James Harrison, he was at Ben’s wedding, and there’s just no residual effects from these stories at all.”

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  • Don

    Jerome Bettis deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. However, as always, he said the right things about not being selected. Such as he is honored to be a finalist. I have no doubt that he will make the HoF next year. I am hoping that Dermonti Dawson makes it as well. Jerome has the pulse of the Steelers and his evaluation of the controversies of the off season is hopefully accurate and the Steelers will just allow everything to roll off their backs. Don’t forget that last year Big Ben was suspended for 4 games due to alleged inappropriate behavior. Yet the Steelers put all of that behind them and went to the SuperBowl.

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