Steelers running back Jerome Bettis stood on a stage eight years ago and while holding up the Lombardi Trophy proclaimed that ‘The Bus’ was making his final stop in his hometown of Detroit.
Now he hopes for one more last ride to the steps of the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Bettis is one 17 finalists that is up for the honor of having a bust in the place where the greatest football players of all-time reside.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced Saturday during the “NFL Honors” telecast at 8 p.m. tonight on Fox.
‘The Bus’ ended his career as the 4th all-time leading rusher in NFL history, and many felt there was no way that he wouldn’t wins up in Canton someday.
Bettis has a long resume that should be more than enough to earn a bust in Canton. He’s a six-time Pro Bowl RB (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004), a two-tim AP First-Team All-Pro (1993, 1996), and of course was a big part of the team that won Super Bowl XL in Detroit 21-10 over Seattle.
The rest of the finalists that are up for the Hall on Saturday night include: Tim Brown Wide receiver/returner. Raiders 1988-2003, Tampa Bay 2004, Eddie DeBartolo Owner 49ers 1977-2000, Ray Guy Punter. Raiders 1973-86 (Senior nominee), Charles Haley Defensive end/linebacker. 49ers 1986-91 and 1999, Dallas 1992-96, John Lynch Safety. Tampa Bay 1993-2003, Denver 2004-07.
Morten Anderson Kicker. New Orleans 1982-94, Atlanta 1995-2000 and 2006-07, New York Giants 2001, Kansas City 2002-03, Minnesota 2004, Derrick Brooks Linebacker. Tampa Bay 1995-2008, Tony Dungy Coach. Tampa Bay 1996-2001, Indianapolis 2002-08, Kevin Greene Linebacker/defensive end. Los Angeles Rams 1985-92, Pittsburgh 1993-95, Carolina 1996 and 1998-99, 49ers 1997.
Marvin Harrison Wide receiver. Indianapolis 1996-2008, Claude Humphrey Defensive end. Atlanta 1968-78, Philadelphia 1979-81 (Senior nominee). Walter Jones Tackle. Seattle 1997-2008, Andre Reed Wide receiver. Buffalo 1985-99, Washington 2000. Will Shields Guard. Kansas City 1993-2006, Michael Strahan Defensive end. New York Giants 1993-2007, and Aeneas Williams Cornerback/safety. Phoenix/Arizona 1991-2000, St. Louis Rams 2001-0
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