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Thu, 09 Aug 2012 09:05:30 -0700
Former NFL RB Jerome Bettis said Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace should report to the team as that is the only way he will ever receive a long-term deal. Bettis added that Wallace doesn't understand how the organization operates. "I think when you go through the history of the Steelers, they do things a bit differently," Bettis said. "And when you look at in relationship to their stars, they still stay one way. They're firm in their resolve and the way they do things ... the problem is, you know, Mike (Wallace) doesn't really understand the concept of how the Steelers work, and so he's got to kind of figure that out. Once he figures that out and comes in, I think they'll work a deal out."
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 19:28:33 -0800
Former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis and C Dermontti Dawson are two of 15 modern-day finalists announced Saturday, Jan. 7, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 19:23:58 -0800
Fifteen modern-day finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced Saturday, Jan. 7, and they are joined by two senior nominees. A selection committee in Indianapolis will meet in Indianapolis Feb. 4 to determine the 2012 Hall of Fame class. RB Jerome Bettis (Steelers), WR Tim Brown (Raiders), , CB Jack Butler (senior - Steelers), WR Cris Carter (Eagles, Vikings), C Dermontti Dawson (Steelers), owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. (49ers), DL/LB Chris Doleman (Vikings, Falcons, 49ers), LB/DL Kevin Greene (Rams, Steelers, Panthers), DL/LB Charles Haley (49ers, Cowboys), DL Cortez Kennedy (Seahawks), RB Curtis Martin (Patriots, Jets), head coach Bill Parcells (Giants, Patriots, Jets, Cowboys), WR Andre Reed (Bills), OT Willie Roaf (Chiefs), OG Will Shields (Chiefs), OG Dick Stanfel (senior - Lions, Redskins) and CB Aeneas Williams (Cardinals, Rams) are the finalists.
Fri, 18 Sep 2009 07:29:58 -0700
Ron Cook, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports retired RB Jerome Bettis was critical of his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in particular the running backs. "Willie Parker: I haven't seen much from him," Bettis wrote in a column for SI.com. "Rashard Mendenhall: I haven't really seen him, period ...The running back I like least on that team is Frank Summers, the rookie fullback. He doesn't seem to understand what's going on. He's missing plenty of blocks." Bettis was also critical of the offensive line. "They have no continuity. On top of not being able to protect Ben Roethlisberger, they're letting running backs get hit before they reach the line of scrimmage ... The problem isn't anything new, and I blame the coaching staff for not addressing the line in the offseason ... Pittsburgh can't repeat with the line playing like this."
Wed, 03 Jun 2009 07:03:00 -0700
Bob Raissman, of the New York Daily News, reports former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy has inked a deal to join NBC's Sunday "Football Night in America" pregame team, according to industry sources. Dungy is expected to replace Jerome Bettis.
Wed, 06 May 2009 13:35:39 -0700
Neil Best, of Newsday, reports NBC likely will not renew of the contract of retired RB and NFL analyst Jerome Bettis for this upcoming season and beyond.
Fri, 26 Dec 2008 05:32:23 -0800
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams DL La'Roi Glover (knee) will need offseason knee surgery to repair torn cartilage and is considering retirement. "I don't know yet. I really don't," Glover said when asked if he wanted to keep playing beyond this season. "We'll get the last (game) going, try to win it, take a break. See how the family's feeling. Talk to my wife about it, and go from there." However, Glover has thought about retirement enough that he has talked to other players about it. "I talked (Saturday) to a guy who was retired about trying to go out like a Michael Strahan or a Jerome Bettis," Glover said.
Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:00:33 -0700
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports former NFL RB Jerome Bettis said in his new book that he believes former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher helped Steelers' management run former NFL QB Kordell Stewart out of town because he was due a big contract after his Pro Bowl season in 2001. "You bench your Pro Bowl quarterback for a guy who had been out of football for years, who hadn't started an NFL game in 10 seasons? That just doesn't happen by accident. I think they pulled Kordell partly because they didn't want to pay him a big salary and signing bonus. It was cheaper for them if he didn't have success. If he recovered and had a huge year, then the public sentiment would be, 'Hey, you've got to re-sign him for whatever it costs.' I'm telling you, it was a monetary decision. The Steelers had no interest in paying Kordell his market value," Bettis said in his book.
Wed, 22 Aug 2007 12:44:03 -0700
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports former NFL RB Jerome Bettis said in his new book that the Pittsburgh Steelers wanted to release him in the summer of 2000 because they wanted to give the starting job to another running back. Bettis said he faked the timing of an injury so the team could not cut him. "The thing is, I wasn't faking that I had an injury. I was just faking that the injury happened on that short-yardage play. I had to fool the coaches and the team's medical department into thinking the injury had occurred on that play. Otherwise, the Steelers would have had their reason to cut me and my salary," Bettis wrote in his book.
Tue, 28 Nov 2006 14:57:51 -0800
The Associated Press reports the father of former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis died of a heart attack Tuesday, Nov. 28. He was 61. Johnnie Bettis reportedly suffered a heart attack while driving in a suburb north of Detroit, according to police officials. The elder Bettis managed to pull over and stop the vehicle as another motorist stopped to administer CPR. He was rushed to a suburban Detroit hospital, where he passed away. KFFL offers our condolences to family and friends.
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 22:53:28 -0700
Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander and New York Giants RB Tiki Barber will break an NFL record when they play against each other Week 3. With Alexander's 1,880 rushing yards and Barber's 1,860 rushing yards in 2005, they will set the record for most combined rushing yards from the previous season in one game. With 3,740 combined rushing yards, they beat out the record held by former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders and former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis. Sanders and Bettis played on the same field in a Thanksgiving game in 1998 with a combined 3,718 rushing yards.
Thu, 03 Aug 2006 00:06:28 -0700
Mike Prisuta, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is stepping up to help fill the leadership role that retired RB Jerome Bettis held in 2005. Roethlisberger and WR Hines Ward were among the leaders last season and will become more prominent in those roles in the upcoming season. Roethlisberger has been an inspirational figure for the team just by practicing after his motorcycle accident.
Wed, 02 Aug 2006 23:57:52 -0700
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."
Tue, 11 Jul 2006 19:01:32 -0700
KDKA.com reports retired NFL RB Jerome Bettis was married over this past weekend in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Bettis and his new wife have a one-year old daughter.
Mon, 10 Jul 2006 21:27:18 -0700
Teresa F. Lindeman, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Celebrity Ventures, a Florida restaurant group, is negotiating for space on the North Shore that it hopes will turn into Jerome Bettis' Grille 36, a sports-themed restaurant associated with former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis. The restaurant group already operates two similar restaurants, one with former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans RB Eddie George in Columbus, Ohio, and another with Baltimore Orioles OF Jeff Conine in Florida. The goal is to get the Pittsburgh restaurant open within a year, but that depends on signing a lease for a location. Bob McCarthy, one of the three partners in the restaurant group, said the group believed that it was close to a deal for space on the first floor of the Del Monte regional headquarters building, not far from Heinz Field.
Sun, 14 May 2006 17:27:15 -0700
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker expects to share time in 2006 with RB Duce Staley. With RB Jerome Bettis and Staley hurt during training camp last summer, Parker took advantage by rushing for 272 yards in his first two regular season games. He went on to have five 100-yard games and will go into this training game as the starter. Whether Staley's role will expand once the season goes on, Parker has no idea. He said he doesn't intend to lobby for more playing time or more carries than the 255 he got last season, just as he hadn't intended to say anything if the Steelers drafted a running back in the first round of the NFL Draft last month. "That's not my call," Parker said when asked whether he was worried that the Steelers might take a back. "Whatever the coach decides, that's what we're going to do."
Tue, 11 Apr 2006 19:45:35 -0700
The Associated Press reports retired Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis is headed for the Hall of Fame - the Bowling Hall of Fame. For the first time, the hall is honoring celebrity bowlers. Bettis will be the first inductee into the Celebrities Bowling Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday, April 11.
Wed, 05 Apr 2006 18:04:01 -0700
The Associated Press reports former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis will throw out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers' home opener Monday, April 10. The Tigers will host the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
Wed, 29 Mar 2006 11:43:49 -0800
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher said he is concerned about his team's chemistry heading into 2006 after losing RB Jerome Bettis to retirement and WR Antwaan Randle El, S Chris Hope and DL Kimo von Oelhoffen to free agency. "I'm very much concerned with the loss of leadership," said Cowher. "Not just what they brought on the field, but off it in their own ways. We have other guys who know they have to step up and sustain that high level of play."
Fri, 10 Mar 2006 13:18:46 -0800
The Associated Press reports retired Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis said he lost $67,050 worth of jewelry while he was in Michigan for the Super Bowl. Bettis said he believes he misplaced a Rolex watch and diamond-studded gold bracelet at the Pontiac Silverdome while practicing for the Feb. 5 game at Ford Field in Detroit. "It's being reported as lost property, so it's technically not a crime," said Pontiac police Capt. Wendy Keelty-Reyes. "We just got the report, but we're going to do whatever we can to help recover the stuff for him."
Tue, 21 Feb 2006 06:51:46 -0800
Joe Bendel, of the Tribune-Review, reports retired Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis acknowledged Monday, Feb. 20, that he nearly cost the Steelers a chance to be Super Bowl champions due to his arrogance against the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional game at the RCA Dome. Bettis was referring to his demeanor as he stepped onto the field with the Steelers at the Colts 2 and holding a 21-18 lead in the closing seconds. On the play Bettis fumbled and only a game-saving tackle from QB Ben Roethlisberger and an eventual missed field goal by the Colts' Mike Vanderjagt allowed the Steelers to advance in the playoffs. "My career could have ended on a play that I went out on the field arrogant. I did some things I never should do," Bettis said. "I learned a valuable lesson in that. If you go out there with a sense of arrogance and you haven't accomplished anything, you set yourself up for failure."
Sun, 19 Feb 2006 19:35:10 -0800
NBC television has announced former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis has joined NBC's "Football Night in America," studio show to be shown Sunday evenings, as an analyst. Bettis said: "I am looking forward to this new opportunity and to still be involved in the game I love. After retiring I wondered what I was going to do on Sundays, but now I still have a place to go every Sunday night. When the regular season kicks off in Pittsburgh in September it will be the proudest night of my life, I will finally get my ring and I will start my new career in television in front of all the Steelers fans." NBC's first regular season game, "NFL Kickoff 2006," will launch the 2006 NFL regular season on Thursday Sept. 7 in primetime. Bob Costas will host NBC's "Football Night in America" studio show alongside co-host Cris Collinsworth. NBC's "Football Night in America" will encompass more than four hours of NFL coverage, including a primetime pre-game show hosted by Costas. For each of the six seasons of the deal, NBC kicks off the NFL regular season with a Thursday night primetime game.
Wed, 15 Feb 2006 14:37:58 -0800
The Associated Press reports retired NFL RB Jerome Bettis has spoken to Fox about joining the network's NFL broadcast team. "Right now I'm looking for a job, so hopefully the opportunity will present itself," said Bettis, who added he would take a job if it were offered.
Wed, 08 Feb 2006 19:02:59 -0800
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis is a possible candidate to take a position on the FOX pre-game show for the 2006 season.
Sun, 05 Feb 2006 20:15:07 -0800
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis retired after Super Bowl XL during his post-game speech. Bettis said, "I'm a champion, and I think the Bus' last stop is here in Detroit." Bettis ranks fifth on the NFL's all-time rushing list, is one of six running backs in NFL history to rush for 13,000 yards, and is third in NFL history for rushing attempts.
Sun, 22 Jan 2006 16:25:18 -0800
Sports Network reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis has a rushing touchdown in five straight playoff games and seven of the team's last nine playoff games.
Sun, 22 Jan 2006 14:30:53 -0800
CBS Sports reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (cold)) is bothered by a cold, which is causing him some breathing issues coupled with the altitude and his asthma. He has been able to remain in the AFC Championship game to this point.
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 17:59:36 -0800
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis thought about delaying his retirement for one more season if his critical fumble towards the end of the team's Divisional Playoff game ended up being his final carry of the 2005 season. Bettis said, "It would have been hard to walk away from a last carry like that."
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 14:44:37 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (hamstring) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Thu, 12 Jan 2006 17:15:21 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (hamstring) practiced Thursday, Jan. 12, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 16:12:06 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (hamstring) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 11, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Tue, 10 Jan 2006 12:43:06 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (hamstring) is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Fri, 30 Dec 2005 19:56:37 -0800
John Steigerwald, of KDKA.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis will start the Week 17 game in place of RB Willie Parker. Parker asked head coach Bill Cowher to give Bettis the start in what could be his final game at Heinz Field.
Tue, 27 Dec 2005 21:24:22 -0800
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis may be playing the last home game of his career Sunday, Jan. 1. "I'm a realist in a sense that I do understand there is a good chance it is my last game," Bettis said Tuesday, Dec. 27. Bettis will wait until after the season to reveal his plans, but people in the organization fully expect him to retire. Head coach Bill Cowher paid tribute to Bettis yesterday at his news conference and hinted that the organization has plans to honor Bettis Sunday, Jan. 1. How they honor him could be tempered by the fact Bettis has not announced his retirement and they might need to beat the Detroit Lions to make the playoffs. Cowher could choose to start Bettis at running back, even for ceremonial purposes of introducing him one last time to send him bouncing out of the tunnel at Heinz Field and dancing through lines of teammates.
Sat, 24 Dec 2005 18:22:56 -0800
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker reached 1,000 yards rushing on the season when he ran for 130 yards during the Week 16 game. Aside from RB Jerome Bettis, he becomes the first running back since 1992 to rush for 1,000 yards and only the sixth running back in Steelers history to hit the milestone.
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 18:37:26 -0800
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker needs 63 yards in his final two games to become only the sixth running back in the team's 73-season history with a 1,000-yard season. All season, Parker has deflected credit for his success to the offensive line, the coaches' game plan or to RBs Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley for showing him the way. But now that 1,000 yards are so close, Parker acknowledges it would mean a lot personally.
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 15:53:37 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (quadriceps) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 10:35:07 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis has been voted the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for Week 14.
Thu, 15 Dec 2005 14:47:23 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (quadriceps) returned to practice Thursday, Dec. 15, and is probable for Week 15.
Wed, 14 Dec 2005 17:44:57 -0800
Steelers.com reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 15. Bettis rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 11.
Wed, 14 Dec 2005 16:18:01 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 14, and is probable for Week 15.
Tue, 13 Dec 2005 10:04:13 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (quad) is probable for the team's Week 15 game.
Sun, 11 Dec 2005 09:36:05 -0800
Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis is going back and forth on his retirement decision. An attractive broadcasting opportunity would affect his decision, Bettis said.
Fri, 09 Dec 2005 15:52:35 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (knee) practiced Friday, Dec. 9, and is expected to play in Week 14.
Fri, 09 Dec 2005 05:48:58 -0800
The Tribune Review reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Verron Haynes is expected to dress for the team's Week 14 game. That could mean either RB Duce Staley or RB Jerome Bettis will be inactive for the game. Staley has been used as a third-down back, a spot usually held down by Haynes, who also plays special teams.
Thu, 08 Dec 2005 17:53:53 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Dec. 8, and he is listed as probable for Week 14.
Wed, 07 Dec 2005 17:42:50 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Dec. 7, and is listed as probable for Week 14.
Tue, 06 Dec 2005 17:24:17 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (knee) is listed as probable for Week 14 due to a knee injury.
Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:43:49 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (knee) practiced Friday, Dec. 2, and is expected to play during Week 13.
Thu, 01 Dec 2005 17:36:24 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (knee) practiced Thursday, Dec. 1, and is probable for Week 13.