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ricardisimo
10-06-2010, 07:53 PM
I say yes, and on the first ballot. Here's what they had to say about it at PFW (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/10/06/a-magnificent-seven):

There are 113 faces that stand behind the Canton red rope. It's already an impatient, sweaty, elbowing bunch, and now seven strangers have joined the crowd. Let's see how well these rookies candidates can maneuver through it.

RUNNING BACKS
Jerome Bettis (Rams 1993-95, Steelers 1996-2005) — Strangely, prior to his sparse 368-yard output of 2005, his final year, I didn't think "The Bus" had done enough to earn automatic Hall clearance. Yes, he had the numbers, a steady compiler, moving up and through the list of names on the all-time rush chart, past O.J. Simpson, then Marcus Allen and Jim Brown and finally beating out Eric Dickerson (Bettis now sit at fifth all-time, with 13,662 yards). But somehow the act didn't feel complete. All-Pro only twice. Jerome Bettis the jaw-buster, a classic power back. He'd been memorable, but was he really special?
A savage, goring runner in his early days — how many remember his shocking downfield velocity when he first entered the league in 1993? … That Earl Campbell-way about him, exploding through bodies, then grabbing an entrance ramp and hitting the open road.
But the pounding soon cut into his speed, and eventually Bettis settled into a role as a masher, a line-of-scrimmage batterer. Oh, the beautiful footwork was still there, the tip-toeing and near-elegant dance steps amidst the chaos, the ease with which he chipped his way in and out of a hole. But by 1998 or so it was almost all heavy lifting; only four times in 13 seasons did he hold above 3.8 yards per carry. Then came 2005.
Retirement thoughts hounded Bettis after the Steelers' loss to New England in the '04 AFC championship game, the weariness of his work, can the body take it anymore?, etc. Teammates coaxed him back for one more go, and it was his spot service (only 110 carries) during the '05 season that sharply decorated his Canton validity.
Nine touchdowns scored that year, three more in the playoffs. That wild day against the Bears, 101 yards on 17 tries, capped with a massive rhino-burst over Brian Uhrlacher in the black Pittsburgh mud and snow, when the Steelers needed a December sweep to get a playoff position. Finally, his Super Bowl send-off, the confetti and a trophy raised in Detroit, Bus' hometown.
Yep, that's what clinched Bettis for me, the climax, the final clash of the cymbals, not just some big boy hammering into a pile for 13 years then sayonara. It was Tony Bennett, bouncing back, one more time for the younger crowd. It was Hemingway in '51, when they said his typewriter was dead, hitting 'em with The Old Man and the Sea.
Some stories just ring empty without a shot at the end, that final dose of pizzazz. Bettis was the type of runner you didn't want to see just fade away.
Opinion: YES

I'm hoping MoP can provide an appropriate pic for the writer's description of the "shot at the end, that final dose of pizzazz."

stb_steeler
10-06-2010, 08:03 PM
He maybe out one vote, since some think we were gift wrapped SBXL...... :rofl:

BigRick
10-06-2010, 08:04 PM
I totally agree!:tt04:

Merchant
10-06-2010, 09:13 PM
My favourite ALL-TIME player. I really hope he gets in.

Spinlcrack
10-06-2010, 09:22 PM
:tt04::tt04::tt04:

Not only do I agree, but it brought back some great Steeler memories from that year. Think I might through the DVD in tonight.

Spinlcrack
10-06-2010, 09:30 PM
This may warrant a new thread, but it got me thinking...

That was a magical season. Something from almost every game stands out.

Knowing that the season ended with The Steelers in #36’s home town of Detroit, and knowing the Super Bowl was in the Motor City that year, I think we all had dreams of glory going into that season. What if…

Some things I remember:

Week 1 – Titans W 34-7 Willie Parker for 161 yards in NFL debut.
Week 6 – Jaguars L (OT) 23-17 One Word … Tommy Maddox
Week 12 Colts L 26-7 M. Harrison torches Ike for 80 yards on first play
Week 13 Bengals L 38-31 T.J. and the Towel Stomp
Week 14 Bears W 21-9 Bettis with 101 yds, 6 for TD directly over Urlacher
Week 15 Vikings W 18-3 The safety reminded me of IX (our first)
Week 16 Browns W 41-0
Week 17 Detroit W 35-21 Maybe Bettis’ last game in home town. Nice story.
AFC WC Bengals W 31-17 Kimo vs. Palmer. Bummer, but Kitna did well.
AFC Div Colts W 21-18 The Tackle, The stabbed Harper, Vaderjagt miss
AFC Conf Broncos W 34-17 Mighty Champ Bailey beat in the corner.

We all know the next game.

Bettis in the HoF, oh yeah. I believe his stats warrant it, but PR would be great too.

steelerchad
10-06-2010, 09:43 PM
I say yes, and on the first ballot. Here's what they had to say about it at PFW (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/10/06/a-magnificent-seven):



I'm hoping MoP can provide an appropriate pic for the writer's description of the "shot at the end, that final dose of pizzazz."


I got a beautiful framed pic of Bettis trucking Urlacher in the snow on the play that started the run in 05. Just added it to my Steelers basement where I watch the games on Sunday. Christmas present from the wife.
I think Bettis and Faulk make it and Curtis Martin is the odd man out for running backs in this class.

Need4spd
10-06-2010, 09:43 PM
I believe Bettis will get in, however I think it's highly unlikely to happen on the first ballot. His career accomplishments will warrant him getting in, and to me if you're a Hall of Famer then you're a Hall of Famer, but just knowing the way that system works it probably will not happen this year. Two, three, maybe four years down the road, count him in.

SoCalFan
10-07-2010, 02:21 AM
His numbers are good enough,and he brought so much attention to the game,HE HAS FANS EVERYWHERE!!! Heck yea,let him in...

Steelers>NFL
10-07-2010, 07:51 AM
He is HOF material. But I do not think on the first ballot.

SteelersinCA
10-07-2010, 11:40 AM
I think he's a first ballot guy, I'm already planning on being back in Canton next August.

thumper
10-07-2010, 01:23 PM
This may warrant a new thread, but it got me thinking...

That was a magical season. Something from almost every game stands out.

Knowing that the season ended with The Steelers in #36’s home town of Detroit, and knowing the Super Bowl was in the Motor City that year, I think we all had dreams of glory going into that season. What if…

Some things I remember:

Week 1 – Titans W 34-7 Willie Parker for 161 yards in NFL debut.
Week 6 – Jaguars L (OT) 23-17 One Word … Tommy Maddox
Week 12 Colts L 26-7 M. Harrison torches Ike for 80 yards on first play
Week 13 Bengals L 38-31 T.J. and the Towel Stomp
Week 14 Bears W 21-9 Bettis with 101 yds, 6 for TD directly over Urlacher
Week 15 Vikings W 18-3 The safety reminded me of IX (our first)
Week 16 Browns W 41-0
Week 17 Detroit W 35-21 Maybe Bettis’ last game in home town. Nice story.
AFC WC Bengals W 31-17 Kimo vs. Palmer. Bummer, but Kitna did well.
AFC Div Colts W 21-18 The Tackle, The stabbed Harper, Vaderjagt miss
AFC Conf Broncos W 34-17 Mighty Champ Bailey beat in the corner.

We all know the next game.

Bettis in the HoF, oh yeah. I believe his stats warrant it, but PR would be great too.

Nice work crack! :tt04:

steeltheone
10-07-2010, 04:08 PM
Without a doubt another Steeler Hall Of Famer

BengalDestroyer
10-07-2010, 05:27 PM
The Bus totally deserves to get in, fifth all time on the rushing list, c'mon.......

pancake
10-08-2010, 04:48 AM
He gets in, but not sure first year.

ricardisimo
10-08-2010, 02:53 PM
I say first ballot for sure. It's not just the stats, which he has. He is and was a character, he won it all and went out on top, and in his hometown, no less. The whole storybook aspect to it will push him over the top.

Speaking of Bettis memories, does everyone remember his first game against the Rams as a Steeler? That was a thing of beauty. There was fancy footwork and raw power, just bowling people over. He was running like a man possessed. Nice. If anyone finds clips, please link here.

lionslicer
10-08-2010, 03:04 PM
There's a lot of really high quality hall of fame players that are first year eligible with Bettis, including Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin and Deion Sanders.

Players who are nominated this year but this isn't their first year eligible: Phil Simms, Terrel Davis, Eddie George, Gerald Riggs, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Gary Anderson, Kevin Greene.

Bettis's chance of getting in first year ballot is against him right now.

SteelCityMom
10-08-2010, 03:14 PM
I say first ballot for sure. It's not just the stats, which he has. He is and was a character, he won it all and went out on top, and in his hometown, no less. The whole storybook aspect to it will push him over the top.

Speaking of Bettis memories, does everyone remember his first game against the Rams as a Steeler? That was a thing of beauty. There was fancy footwork and raw power, just bowling people over. He was running like a man possessed. Nice. If anyone finds clips, please link here.


Agree on all points. I say he gets voted in first ballot as well.

I don't remember the game specifically, but I remember seeing clips and hearing Bettis talk about it during his episode of "In Their Own Words".

I could not find a clip of that game, or a small youtube clip of Bettis' episode, but you can watch the whole thing on Hulu.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/137380/in-their-own-words-jerome-bettis

sharkweek
10-09-2010, 02:21 PM
I think he's unique enough being uncharacteristically large for a RB yet somehow lasting as long as he did that he'll get in for sure.

Tomlinson, unless he gets injured or really goes down hill fast, will probably pass him up though and push him to #6 as soon as this season.

JPPT1974
10-09-2010, 02:55 PM
Not the first ballot but he is HOF as one of the top ten RBs of all time.