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Old 02-08-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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Default ..... always remember 'the last Bus-ride'.....

..... to set the stage, there is 6:33 to-play in SB-XL, and Seattle has the ball on the Stiller 47, 3 & 8, when DeShea Townsend blitzes, putting hat-on-chin to Hasselbeck, sacking him for a 6 yard-loss, and forcing Seattle to punt from their-own 47.....
Rouen's kick goes into the end-zone, and Pittsburgh takes-over on the touch-back at the 20, with 6:15 to play.



Everybody in the joint KNOWS that Bettis will get the ball, and he is stuffed for a 2 yard-loss in the center of the line, but the clock keeps running, setting up 2nd & 12.

The ball is snapped at 5:33, and Bettis smashes off Right Tackle for 6 yards, as valuable seconds tick-away.....

Roethlisberger calls time-out before taking the snap with 4:45 to play on 3rd & 6, and when play resumes, he throws an inside-screen pass to Randle El off Right Tackle, who carries the ball to the Pitt 31, good for a 1st down, as the clock continues to turn.....

With the clocking reading "4:00", on 1st down, Seattle crams the line, but Bettis bulls his way off Right Tackle for 4 yards, as Seattle calls for it's first time-out @ 3:54.....

On 2nd down, Bettis goes off Left tackle for 4 more yards, making it 3rd & 2, as Seattle takes it's 2nd time-out of the half @ 3:51.....

On a critical play, Roethlisberger takes the ball himself around Left End for 3 yards, while Seattle keys-on Bettis, moving the chains @ 3:41 to-play.....

On 1st down, Bettis carries for 2 yards off Right Tackle, dragging 2 Seahawks with him, as Seattle is forced to take it's 3rd and final time-out with 3:04 showing on the clock.....

Bettis is stuffed-up at Right Guard for no-gain on 2nd & 8, but the clock is beginning to become more-important than yardage.....

With 2:21 to play on 3rd & 8 at the Pitt 43, Roethlisberger takes the snap, and gives the ball to Bettis, who goes-off Left Tackle for 4 yards to the Pitt 47, partially-knocked off-balance by Kendall Simmons as he spins-away from would-be tacklers, 4 yards shy of a 1st down, as the clock stops at the 2 minute warning.

Bettis walked off the field following that play, appeared to be huffing-and-puffing as he went, socks around his ankles, a 'working-man' who'd done his job very-well:
Pittsburgh will punt-away to Seattle, the Stiller defense will hold them as time runs-out, and the Black-and-Gold will win Super Bowl XL.

Jerome Bettis did-not get to do his 'strut' after a big run on this day, he won't score a touchdown in his final NFL game (after scoring in 3 consectutive games at Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Denver ), and we will never-again see his 'King-Kong' monster-spike in the end-zone, but he DID carry the ball 6 times for 18 yards when EVERYBODY in America, INCLUDING the opposition, knew he would be getting the ball, setting-up 2 crucial 3rd-down conversions (Randle El's screen-pass, Roethlisberger's naked-bootleg ), punishing defenders to the end, all-the-while keeping the chains, and the clock, moving towards it's inevitible destination:
in-effect, he "CHOKED" the clock on the Seahawks, NOT-giving them enough-time to get 2 scores in the final 6+ minutes, when the game was still up-for-grabs.

With the help of his blockers and teammates, Jerome Bettis almost single-handedly ran 4+ minutes off the clock, securing this franchise's 5th World Championship:
I mentioned this fact to friends I watched the game with as Gardocki punted-away, and as a die-hard fan of this team for more-than 38 of my 46 years, I will always remember what Bettis did at the end of SB-XL.

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Old 02-08-2006, 08:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: ..... always remember 'the last Bus-ride'.....

this is an excellent post! people knocked the steelers yards/ carry throughout the playoffs. but when you scratch the surface you see this exact type of drive is what was going on. it was all in the gameplan. if the steelers wanted to draw up another w. parker 75 yd run, or randel el pass for a td, im sure they couldve but its just not their style to run up the points.
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:01 PM   #3
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thanks so much for posting this...I didn't even realize that was his last play. I was so caught up in the game that I didn't take the time to realize that would be the last time we'd see Bussy in uniform on the field, pounding the hell out of the other team's defense. I miss him already
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Jerome will never be forgotten..one of the greatest Steelers of all time.

Nice post !
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:14 PM   #5
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Default Re: ..... always remember 'the last Bus-ride'.....

Hell, even an old Raider dog like me is gonna miss him. I really enjoyed watching him play over the years. You won't see many more like him in the game today. Bettis was about the game and his team... a player that 99% of all players in the NFL today, would do well to emulate.
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thanks so much for posting this...I didn't even realize that was his last play. I was so caught up in the game that I didn't take the time to realize that would be the last time we'd see Bussy in uniform on the field, pounding the hell out of the other team's defense. I miss him already
youre right. i was so caught up in the fact that they had won (or were winning), i didnt take time to soak it in, remember it, or appreciate that final drive as the last time we will see jerome in action. i guess the finality of him retiring hasnt set in and perhaps have taken him for granted. any way we can get him into the pro-bowl?

once again, great thread!
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Default Re: ..... always remember 'the last Bus-ride'.....

Excellent post!

As a young kid I was too young to appreciate Franco Harris. As an adult I loved to see Jerome run over defenders. He's the guy I will happily tell my grandkids about some day.

Thank you Jerome for being a Steeler!
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Default Re: ..... always remember 'the last Bus-ride'.....

..... a very heart-felt "THANK YOU" to all who have already replied in such a positive manner:
I thought 'maybe' this Forum's members wouldn't look kindly on such a post.


I watched the game with 2 couples who are 'decent' Stiiler/footabll fans, and my girlfriend, who 'indulges' me with her presence while I watch feverishly:
when I mentioned the above thoughts during the 2-minute warning, I didn't think any of them 'realized' the significance of what had just transpired, but thought maybe a few here might enjoy my thoughts.

Once-again, thank-you, and thank-you, Jerome!


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As a young kid I was too young to appreciate Franco Harris. As an adult I loved to see Jerome run over defenders.
In my opinion, the only 2 guys that I can think of who remind me of Bettis, as-far-as brute power, are Larry Csonka, and Earl Campbell, in their primes.....

Csonka was a bit slower, more of a plow-horse, and probably not-as powerful as Bettis (he probably weighed much-less, too ), while Campbell was quicker/faster, but he was used in a manner that wore him out before his time:
Franco Harris had the size to be a real hammer, but he was shiftier (for a man of his size ) -and-slower than Campbell, yet for all his carries, he never really took that one 'BIG-HIT' that destroys running-backs, protecting his body at all times on the field.

His 1st few seasons, Harris ran low-to-the-fround, with his free arm around his thighs, fist-clenched, and used the 'rip'-maneuver in an up-ward fashion, to break-free of would-be tacklers:
after being injured much of 1973, Franco ran more like a 'pony-back'/half-back, using his size and power only when he had to for extra yardage.

Harris and Bettis had very-different styles, but the results were the same:
they got the job done.

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Default Re: ..... always remember 'the last Bus-ride'.....

When I think of Earl Campbell I always see the play where he just buried his helmet into the chest of a Rams defender. I love a back that can just run someone over.

I truly enjoyed watching Jerome play. I usually don't bother paying attention to college football. There's too many to keep track of, but I did notice Jerome when he played at ND. I watched him enviously when he was with the Rams. I was thrilled when he came to Pittsburgh.

There is one word that I think sums up his career and it's ending here in Pittsburgh. Destiny. :)
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