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08-22-2007, 10:16 PM
Bettis said he faked injury situation so Steelers wouldn't cut him
Aug. 22, 2007
CBSSports.com wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- Jerome Bettis, the No. 5 rusher in NFL history, claims in a new book that he faked a knee injury during training camp in 2000 so the Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn't cut him and install Richard Huntley as the starter.

Bettis was worried offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride favored Huntley over him and the Steelers were ready to let Bettis go, partly so they wouldn't have to give him a new contract. Huntley had just signed a $4 million, three-year deal.

"Man, did I do a nice job of acting," Bettis wrote in the book, The Bus: My Life in and Out of a Helmet. "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."

Teams cannot cut an injured player during camp unless they reach an injury settlement with him.

"I effectively negated any funny business they were trying to pull on me," Bettis wrote in the book. "I took the pressure off a head coach (Bill Cowher) who was probably trying to get rid of me."

Bettis' recollection may be more anecdotal than fast-based.

While Bettis was held out early in that 2000 camp because of a hip injury, his knee injury -- the one Bettis said he faked -- was not revealed until later in camp. Huntley had a hamstring injury at the time and played in only one preseason game, gaining 13 yards.

Bettis didn't disclose how a player who was so injured that he missed all but a few days of camp could beat Bettis out of a job and force the Steelers to release him.

An MRI test by the Steelers during that camp revealed Bettis, who had undergone knee surgery the year before, had blood swelling behind his kneecap as a result of a hit during practice.

Bettis did not write in the book, co-written with Gene Wojciechowski, how a fresh injury that supposedly didn't occur could cause such test results. He did write that he showed up to camp with a knee problem that had occurred the season before.

Bettis, who had worked out extensively during the offseason before that camp, said at the time he was very relieved the injury wasn't worse.

"I was worried about it initially. The MRI showed a bone bruise," Bettis said. "That's when the blood came in. That was refreshing for me because whenever you're dealing with a knee and swelling, you always assume the worst. I assumed the worst, but it tuned out not to be the case."

Bettis would go on to rush for 1,341 yards that season and later signed a $30 million contract with the Steelers. Huntley gained only 217 yards and was cut after that season, hooking on with Carolina in 2001.


08-22-2007, 10:22 PM
"Bettis' recollection may be more anecdotal than fast-based."

That's the long and the short of it. Too bad Bettis didn't rape a girl while coked up with guns blazing out the windows of his Caddy SUV, you know, like a Bengal rolls.

tony hipchest
08-22-2007, 10:28 PM
:yawn:http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=18950 :yawn:

08-22-2007, 10:37 PM
interesting... hard to imagine bettis was fearing his job and that cowher wanted rid of him.
also, i hate reading clips... couldn't someone just take the time to post the whole damn book?

Atlanta Dan
08-22-2007, 10:45 PM
But even if Jerome made it all up, at least it's not dogfighting!

08-22-2007, 10:51 PM
This topic has kinda been covered already - duplicate thread: