Jerome Bettis
47-Year-Old Running BackRB
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$Bettis and Pittsburgh agreed on a one-year contract worth $1.5 million in February of 2005. Retired February of 2006.
Jerome Bettis: Retires After Super Bowl XL Win
RBPittsburgh Steelers
February 6, 2006
Bettis announced his retirement after Pittsburgh beat Seattle in Super Bowl XL. He had 14 carries for 43 yards in his last game.
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Although he was never a flashy runner, Bettis finishes fifth all time in rushing yards and 12th all time in yards from scrimmage. Bettis will be remembered as the guy who rumbled harder than just about anyone else for short yard gains.
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Bettis retired after helping the Steelers win Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
There were lots of “this Bus has a flat tire” jokes before last season, but if your fantasy team played Bettis in Weeks 9-12 when he had four consecutive 100-yard games and three scores, we doubt you laughed. Of course, Bettis wasn’t much more than a goal-line specialist before running mate Duce Staley got hurt, but once Bettis had the backfield to himself, he recorded six 100-yard efforts in nine games. And Bettis was outstanding around the goal line, using his powerful legs and surprisingly quick feet to convert 12-of-23 attempts from inside the five into scores. Bettis had talked of retirement after Pittsburgh’s loss to New England in the AFC Championship, and still hasn’t totally committed to returning for 2005, but at press time it’s likely he’ll be back. With Staley healthy again, and Bettis, at 33 and with 3,369 career carries under his belt, don’t expect too many more 100-yard outings for the Bus, but he could still be a good option in touchdown leagues if he plays.
Bettis is no longer the feature back in Pittsburgh. Duce Staley was signed to be the Steelers' all-purpose ground gainer. Bettis will be limited to 10 touches or less per game, making him only a handcuff to Staley for Staley owners. In scoring only leagues Bettis may prove useful but wait for training camp to see if he'll be a fixture in goal-line formations.
Bettis will start the 2003 season as the No. 2 running back behind Amos Zereoue. Is this the end of the line for The Bus, or will he have another run or two left in him? Hard to say. He's no longer someone you can grab with confidence.
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RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 22, 2006
Bettis extended his touchdown streak to five games with a three-yard score in the second quarter of Sunday's AFC Championship win over Denver.
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RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 15, 2006
Bettis (hamstring) was having a typically strong running day in Indianapolis before a fumble with just over a minute remaining in regulation nearly cost the Steelers their season.
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RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 10, 2006
Bettis is listed as probable (hamstring) on the team's injury report heading into Sunday's rematch with the Colts.
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RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 8, 2006
Bettis added to his impressive touchdown collection against Cincinnati, scoring from five yards out while gaining 52 yards on 10 carries.
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Jerome Bettis: The Best Against the Bengals
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 6, 2006
Bettis has rushed for more career touchdowns (17) and more yards (1670) against the Bengals than any other team in the league.
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