Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis Joins ESPN As An NFL Analyst

According to ESPN, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis has joined the network as an NFL analyst and will appear on “NFL Live” and “SportsCenter” and contribute to other platforms, beginning Sept. 1.

Following his retirement from the Steelers in 2006, Bettis was hired by NBC Sports to be a studio commentator for Football Night in America Sunday night pregame show through the 2008 season.

Bettis, the NFL\’s sixth all-time leading rusher, played 10 years with the Steelers. Over the course of his 13 years in the league, he rushed 13,662 yards and 91 touchdowns while catching 200 passes for 1,449 yards and three touchdowns.

In February, Bettis reached the final 10 of the original 15 modern day finalists to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but then was eliminated on the vote to the final five.

  • joed32

    Good for him.

  • Matt Manzo

    Top six in rushing all time and he’s a 1st round snub, I freakin hate clubs with jackets or coats!

  • paltel

    I’m surprised someone has yet to question Bettis’s ability to be an analyst due his weight and conditioning issues. 😉

  • Mkeller

    Who are your sources to make such a comment? Show me the proof he’s to heavy to be an analyst.
    The fact that you are clinging to this denial that Dwyer has had problematic weight issues makes me wonder if you have the proper mental conditioning to post on this site.

  • paltel

    If I don’t make the SteelersDepot roster, I’ll tryout out for some of the arena league message boards and try to develop a quicker release on my words and phrases.

    As far as Dwyer. I have not seen one shred of evidence that he has a recurring weight/conditioning problem. If this was problem, Tomlin would have stuck him on the PUP just like he did Hampton a few years back. Since this has never happened in Dwyer’s career, we must assume the Steelers are satisfied with his weight/conditioning. Refute me if you can.

  • Mkeller

    I’m not going to do your homework for you. Please just go google “Jonathan Dwyer overweight”. From the combine (showed up at 250 ran a 4.6 40 and did 15 reps at 225) up until this years OTAs it’s been a cycle of behavior. I actually misspoke when I wrote he showed up in April at 260. Ed Bouchette actually had him at 265. The man himself stated during this years camp that he weighs 230 and lost 30 lbs. 230 + 30=260. It’s not me my man….it’s history. Look at this sites archives…there are many posts referencing this issue. Dave Bryan mentioned his weight problem on today’s terrible podcast. The team tried to trade him for a 7th rd pick last offseason and couldn’t. He’s undisciplined and its no secret. Where the heck have you been?

  • paltel

    Even assuming all your weight numbers are the gospel truth they do not demonstrate that Dwyer has a weight/conditioning problem. Last year he started 7 games, had a 159 carries and 600+ yards rushing for a 4 yards per carry average. Had he started the other 9 games Dwyer would have easily eclipsed 1100 yards rushing in 2012. Based on his results, no weight or conditioning problem is/was evident, regardless of the number of representations to the contrary made by various football pundits and message board posters.

    As far as Im concerned, If Dwyer can register 4 yds per carry starting 16 games, he can weigh 400 pounds and it wouldnt be a weight or conditioning problem.

    His rushing stats don’t lie, but guys that guess peoples weight at the circus do.

  • Mkeller

    The reason the weight is an issue is because he’ll have a harder time staying healthy week to week. Those aren’t my numbers. They come from the sports writers paid to cover the team. Why didn’t Dwyer start 16 games last year. Because he lost the job to Redman in camp. Then when he got his chance he produced then went on the injured list and gave the job back to Redman. Do you just read stats or have you actually watched a game? The information on Dwyer is easy to find if you want to. Rest assured it did not come from carnies. Stop wasting my time.

  • paltel

    Weight/conditioning was not a significant problem for Bettis, but none the less you insist on making it a problem for Dwyer, though you have no factual basis for doing so.

    I never asked why Dwyer only started 7 games in 2012, I just cited the results when he did start and projected those results over a 16 game season.

    Paid sports writers get paid to attract an audience and that is best accomplished by creating controversy, even when no controversy exists. So it is with Dwyer’s weight.

    “Stop wasting my time.”

    You’re responsible for your time, not me.

  • Mike.H

    I”m way lost. What does Dwyer’s weigh have any to do with Bettis’s new job? [ You two have bad bloods from high school?]

  • paltel

    I can only speak for myself, but I don’t have bad blood toward anyone on SteelersDepot.