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Old 07-31-2005, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Bettis, Staley poised to finally reach big game

Bettis, Staley poised to finally reach big game
By Joe Bendel
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, July 31, 2005

Between them, they've covered 10.7 miles running the football. That translates into 18,910 yards, 56,730 feet or about the distance between Pittsburgh and Monroeville.

Their bodies have been poked, pushed and punished, and their injury reports are Evel Knievel-esque.

Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley - the Steelers' 30-something running backs - have experienced pretty much everything on a football field, with one significant exception:

Playing in a Super Bowl.

"It's what every player strives for," said Bettis, who begins his 13th NFL training camp today at St. Vincent College, near Latrobe. "Who wouldn't want to win it all?"

"Getting to the big game and winning is always the goal," said Staley, a nine-year vet. "You only get so many chances to get there."

And therein lies the rub for these Steelers backs, particularly the 33-year-old Bettis, who contemplated retirement after carrying the Steelers to the AFC Championship game last season. He's already been on the cusp of three Super trips -- last year, 1997 and 2001 -- but watched each opportunity slip away in the AFC finale.

"Close," Bettis said. "But close doesn't count."

Staley has experienced even more near-misses than his backfield mate, as he's played in four conference title games (three with the Philadelphia Eagles and last year with the Steelers) but failed to make it to the NFL's biggest stage on each occasion.

In all, that's seven shots at the Super Bowl between the two runners -- with zero results.

It makes a person wonder if these men are doomed for the runner-up spot, for the bronze and silver medals but never the gold. Have the football gods decided to put Bettis and Staley in the "Never Been to the Big Game" category with players such as O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders and Earl Campbell?

Time will tell if that is the case, but this much is certain: The window gets closer to shutting each year.

"You only get a little bit of time to play this game, really," Bettis said. "You have to make the most of your opportunities."

Rest of the article: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/trib.../s_358834.html
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Default Re: Bettis, Staley poised to finally reach big game

Its all about the SB, he's right! dont matter what you do in the first 16 games..doesnt matter what you did ur whole career, the bus wants a ring, and damnit we need to get it for him.

And all the years Staley suffered in philly sharing time and losing all the NFCC games, he needs one too. Hell the entire city of Pittsburgh needs the one for the thumb. I'd hate to say its now or never, but for some players, it is.
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As I said in another thread. No one deserves it more than Bettis. The city of Pittsburgh is craving another Super Bowl win. This year may be the one.
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More than anything I want to see Jerome with a Super Bowl ring. He has done whatever he had to to stay with the Steelers (pay cuts, back-up role). He has played the game not only with talent but with grace and style. He's givin' everything he got to make it to the big game, I hope he has the ring to show for it someday/this year.
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I agree....Jerome deserves it and I hope this is the year, because from the looks of it-for him, this is our last chance!!! It willo be a hard road, but I hope the Steelers get to the Championship game this year...and finally figure out a way to win it!
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The Bus definately deserves a ring. This team and city also deserve one now.
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Hopefully we can change the phrase from "he deserves it" to "he earned it" this year.
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Hopefully we can change the phrase from "he deserves it" to "he earned it" this year.


Couldn't have said it better myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hopefully we can change the phrase from "he deserves it" to "he earned it" this year.
I agree ICC. I hope thats exactly what were saying about the whole team next year, especially the Bus.
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