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Steelers | Respect for Bettis prevented Staley from complaining

Alan Robinson, of the Associated Press, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Duce Staley did not complain about being snubbed during the 2005 season out of respect for RB Jerome Bettis, who retired after the season. Staley said, "I wasn't going to be selfish, say I should be out there playing - that's just not me. I knew I had that respect from Jerome coming in, even when I wasn't hurt. I carried the same respect when I got hurt. I was the same person throughout the whole deal." Both RB Verron Haynes and RB Willie Parker admire how Staley did not speak out a year ago. Haynes added, "To sacrifice like that takes a tremendous guy. That he could give it up because of the situation with Jerome, that shows a lot and speaks volumes about his character."

2006-08-02 23:57:52 | Source:

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