This Day in Football: February 16

Pittsburgh Steelers, Tales from the Vault, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

Former Pittsburgh Steeler, Jerome Bettis, celebrates his 40th birthday today. Selected 10th overall in the 1993 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Bettis was traded to the Steelers after three seasons. In his 10 years with Pittsburgh, “The Bus” rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. He currently ranks fifth all-time with 13,662 career-rushing yards and is expected to one day be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 2006, Bettis achieved the ultimate swan song by announcing his retirement after the Steelers’ Super Bowl win in his native Detroit, Michigan. At that point in his career, “The Bus” was no longer in the driver seat, sharing carries with running back Willie Parker. However, Bettis helped grind out the necessary yards at the end of Super Bowl XL to ensure a Pittsburgh victory.

Relive Bettis’ championship ride in this clip from “America’s Game: The 2005 Steelers.”

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