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Old 01-14-2014, 03:22 PM   #41
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On that I should have used and emoticon...
Got it. The sarcasm in the typed word, doesn't always translate.

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He was a 1000-1000 guy. (I think the first... right?)

He would line up as a WR, and defenses would shit themselves.
Roger Craig had the first 1000-1000 season in 1985.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #43
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Default Re: Again...Bettis NOT a Hall Of Famer

the man is a modern day legend! you cant watch draft day rb coverage and not hear his name when a big back does his drills! every new big boy back is compared to him now! he was the best closer in the game...there is no stat for that! teams would stack the box against him and he would still fall forward for 4 yds and a first down...there is no stat for that!!! as i said...the man is 6th in all time rushing yds....that trumps all your other crap stats!!!
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And Bettis didn't have the QB that guys like Emmitt Smith, Marshall Faulk, Franco Harris, Thurman Thomas, Tony Dorsett, and John Riggins had either.
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Stats are for Craig Biggio.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:55 PM   #46
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BEN SAID SAY WHAT?????


In all seriousness, I think Bettis gets in someday. But if Ben doesn't make that tackle, there's a legitimate chance Bettis never gets in the HOF.
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:04 PM   #47
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Default Re: Again...Bettis NOT a Hall Of Famer

OK, I hate stats but in this case they serve to make a valid point.

Of the top 20 HOF RB's there are three who easily compare to Bettis.

They are:Ricky Watters, O.J. Anderson and Eddie George.

Ricky Watters played for 10 years, had 10,643 yds. gained, averaged 4.1 YPC and scored 78 TD's

O.J. Anderson played for 14 years, had 10,273 yds. gained, averaged 4.0 YPC and scored 81 TD's

Eddie George played for 8 years, had 10,009 yds. gained, averaged 3.7 YPC and scored 64 TD's

Jerome Bettis played for 13 years but in the TEN years he played for the Steelers he had:
10571 yds. gained, averaged 3.9 YPC and scored 78 TD's.
For his ENTIRE career including the Rams, those numbers go to:
13,662 yds. gained, 3.9 YPC and 91 TD's.
Add to that the fact that Bettis is one of the most beloved football players - not just by Steeler fans but by football fans in general.

Given his stats along with his popularity is there any reason on this earth why Bettis does not belong in the HOF?
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Default Re: Again...Bettis NOT a Hall Of Famer

appreciate the debate for sure guys thanks.

i am really curious to see what happens. Trust me, im not going to be upset he gets in, i am saying if i had a vote he wouldnt get it.

i just dont see what stood out. the play for urlacher? if that is the case Marshan Lynch is a hall of famer for his run vs the saints a few years back...in the playoffs.

its subjective so lets see what happens. my guess is not this year
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Jerome Bettis...


...ranked 5th all-time in rushing yards when he retired, and currently ranks 6th all-time.

...tied for 8th all-time in TD runs with Franco Harris when he retired, and is currently tied for 10th all-time.

...had eight seasons with at least 1,000 yards rushing.

... won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 1993.

... won the AP Comeback Player of the Year award in 1996.

...won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2001.

...was voted to the Pro Bowl six times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004).

...was a First-Team All Pro selection twice (1993, 1996), and a Second-Team All-Pro selection once (1997).

...in his prime, was the primary offensive weapon on Steelers teams with no viable franchise QB.

...inspired the Steelers' improbable run to Super Bowl XL.

...is widely considered to be the last great "big" RB.


I fail to see exactly why he doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame, especially considering he's the only RB who ranks top-10 all-time in both rushing yards and TD runs who's not already in.
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However, those guys had to wait 13, 25, 31, 25, and 19 years to get in, respectively.
Fair enough.

But OP wasn't saying, 'Bettis should have to wait to get in', he was saying, 'he should NEVER get in'.

It would make sense if it took Bettis 5, 6, 7... 12 years to get in, but he should get in.
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