PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It took a bit of broken field running to get past admiring fans in the halls of KDKA-TV.
Soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Jerome Bettis, along with the legendary Rocky Bleier, who has four Super Bowl rings and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart from Vietnam.
Their careers as Steelers’ running backs have ended. But the United Way promo they’ve come to KDKA shoot proves their work in Pittsburgh is not yet finished.
Bleier, who led fundraising for the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, is also a tireless spokesman for fellow veterans.
“It part of the legacy of being here in Western Pennsylvania, maybe part of the legacy of being a Steeler, of the good fortune we’ve had to be able to play a game here that has supported us by fan base, but it’s like giving back, it’s being part of the community,” said Bleier.
The pro football community gave back to Jerome Bettis when he was voted into the Hall of Fame, after many disappointments.
“It was frustrating, but when you really look at it, when you look at the players that are on the list, the guys who got in, they all deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, so you could never be that mad because all those names were worthy,” said Bettis.
He says no one was happier than his biggest fan of all, his mother, Gladys.
“She’s dealing with a bout with breast cancer, and she’s in the middle of that fight, and she’s doing extremely well,” said Bettis. “And her spirits are so high, and she’s so happy. So this announcement couldn’t have come at a better time.”
But he says she still won’t give away her recipe for carrot cake.