Pro Football Hall Of Fame – Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis Misses Out On Class Of 2013

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis will have to wait at least another year as he was not selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2013 on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII.

The five modern era players that did make it were Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells and Warren Sapp. The two veteran selections, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson, were also elected to the class of 2013.

Bettis finished his career with 13,662 rushing yards and 94 total touchdowns. He is currently sixth on the all-time rushing list. Bettis recorded eight 1,000-yard seasons during his career and never missed more than five games in any one season.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is on the selection committee and reports via Twitter that Bettis candidacy was his strongest yet. Bouchette thinks 2014 might be the year for him. Bettis made the cut from 15 to 10 this year.

As previously reported, former Steelers defensive end/linebacker Kevin Greene was eliminated in the vote to 10.

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  • Superdriller316

    I guess they feel that they put 2 Steelers in last year, that they can pass this year. What a bunch of BS!!!!!!

  • Bias VS the steelers, pure and simple!

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I dont think Warren Sapp had more impact on the game or was more feared than Bettis. Sapp didnt revolutionize his position. Whereas Bettis did, because only 2 players ran as powerful as Bettis – Jim Brown & Earl Campbell, & none of those played anywhere near as long in NFL as Bettis.

    Bettis recently gave a very informative interview saying his secret to avoiding injuries that many years was knowing the proper way to fall. Also he only rarely fumbled. Yet he made his living in traffic. So he sounded like he would be a perfect RB coach for Steelers!

  • It is complete and utter nonsense that the 6th ranked career rushing leader in the NFL has had to wait this long to be voted into the HoF. Jerome Bettis got crapped on by the HoF voters. That is a fact.

  • Ok so Carter AND Sapp get in but no Bettis?? I guess Jerome needs a higher profile analyst gig to get in because this is a travesty. I truly am throwing up in my mouth right now.

  • LucasY59

    I agree Sapp does not deserve to get in on his first year, he has been somewhat of a failure away from the field and even sometimes on it. (bankruptcy and unsportmanlike penalties) The Hall of Fame should and usually is much more careful about their selections. His play and stats show that he could be included in the Hall, but I think he should’ve had to wait about 5 more years because of the negative aspects of his career/life after football (also now it will be even more unbearable to see/hear him on TV)

  • RW

    Warren Sapp had to have paid someone off. His credentials don’t make him a HoF on any day.

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  • Wow what a shame. He should have gotten in. Regardless if some of us are steeler fans. The stats speak for themselves. This is pure publicity and with this i do believe thr HOF has lost all credibility imho. Well the voting system anyways. Im shocked tbh but i guess i shouldnt be. Its to be expected with how you got to know somebody that knows somebody to make it in.