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

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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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