PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – It was big news around these parts over the weekend when it was announced former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was getting into the Hall of Fame.

It wasn’t just Steelers fans, though, that were excited to see The Bus finally get into the Hall.

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Former Steeler linebacker Larry Foote joined the Cook and Poni Show to talk about what it was like for him when he finally heard the news.

“I was fired up,” Foote said. “It took me back down memory lane as far as a little kid. I was a kid going to his football camps in the summer and just looking up at him. If you grew up in Detroit, Jerome Bettis was that guy. Everybody wanted to be him. You’d see guys wearing No. 36 trying to emulate everything he did.”

Foote also talked about the impact Jerome made as a leader off the field with the team’s rookie.

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“Everybody knows the type of football player he was,” Foote remembered. “But when you walk into that locker room, he’s giving you advice about what you should do with your money, how you should act and treat women, type of family man you should be and that’s what you got the most from Bettis.”

Click the audio link below to hear Larry talk about Jerome and Joey Porter being the leaders in the locker room during their playing days and the impact Bettis had in Detroit that was on par with another great Detroit back in Barry Sanders.

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