Former Steelers Jerome Bettis & Kevin Greene Named Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class Of 2014 Semifinalists

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2014 Wednesday night and among those on the list are former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and defensive end/linebacker Kevin Greene.

This will be the fourth time that Bettis has made it to the semifinals. Last year he reached the final 10 of the original 15 modern day finalists but then was eliminated on the vote to the final five.

During his 13 years in the league, Bettis played in 192 regular season games and rushed for 13,662 yards and 91 touchdowns.

Bettis came to Pittsburgh via a draft day trade with the St. Louis Rams in 1996 and helped lead the team to their victory in Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit. He retired after that season.

Bettis is currently sixth on the all-time NFL career rushing yards list.

As for Greene, this will be the eighth straight year he’s been named semifinalists. During his three years in Pittsburgh, Greene played in 48 regular season games and recorded 35.5 sacks during that span. For his career, the Auburn product recorded 160 sacks in 228 regular season games. He is currently the outside linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers.

The group of 25 semifinalists will be trimmed to 15 in early January. The Class of 2014 then will be picked on Feb. 1 from the list of 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees (punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey, who were selected in August by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee).

Here’s the list of 25 semifinalists:

Morten Andersen

Steve Atwater

Jerome Bettis

Derrick Brooks

Tim Brown

Don Coryell

Roger Craig

Terrell Davis

Edward DeBartolo, Jr.

Tony Dungy

Kevin Greene

Charles Haley

Marvin Harrison

Joe Jacoby

Jimmy Johnson

Walter Jones

John Lynch

Karl Mecklenburg

Andre Reed

Will Shields

Michael Strahan

Paul Tagliabue

Aeneas Williams

Steve Wisniewski

George Young

  • Steve

    Jerome deserves to be in the HOF. He was a BIG man with quick feet that would plow his way through the oposing Defense. He always brought excitement to the game, it was very fun watching him in the Steelers backfield.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Great. Jerome is a class act and he deserves to get into the HOF and he deserves it now, not later.

  • Reader783

    Jerome deserves it now. Can’t believe Parcells got it over him still. Bus revolutionized the position, nobody that big was that good at RB

  • LucasY59

    My Ballot not that I have any say

    Jerome Bettis: Should have made it last year, Sapp didn’t deserve it

    Michael Strahan: single season sack record holder = HOF (has a ring as well)

    Walter Jones: Best LT for almost a Decade

    Tony Dungy: team made the playoffs 11 of 13 seasons 1 superbowl ring (would’ve been 2 if he stayed in Tampa one more year)

    Kevin Greene: 3rd all time career sacks (most by a LB)

    Honorable mention
    Derrick Brooks: if Warren Sapp is in the HOF, Brooks should be also
    Paul Tagliabue: Goodell is so bad it makes Tagliabue look like a HOFer

  • Bettis gets in this year no question. Not to mention he’s the best RB on the list of semi-finalists

  • Dan

    Certainly some deserving folks on the list, but the Bus better not get bumped again. My list would include some WRs, Tim Brown and maybe Harrison. Need to clear some receivers out of the waiting room before Hines Ward is eligible. The best blocking WR of all time better not be snubbed as first ballot HOFer!!!


    Jerome was the most nimble fat guy ever to walk the planet. How can someone that large be so light on his feet?


    Rod Woodson was pushing Terrell Davis this morning over Jerome. Said Jerome was never the best RB in any given season the way Davis was. I wanted to throw something at the tv.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Davis may have been great for the time he played but his career was way too short.


    My thoughts exactly.

  • Virdin Barzey


    “Paul Tagliabue: Goodell is so bad it makes Tagliabue look like a HOFer”

  • Chris Ranieri


  • Virdin Barzey

    When he went to the Ravens, I really found it hard to let that one go. That one was on us for letting him go there but comments like this makes me question if he hasn’t traded in his terrible towel.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Bettis is getting in. Wonder how Greene is going in since he played for the Rams (didn’t do much) and then the Steelers and Panthers where he made his name for the HOF

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I am rooting for both but I think Bettis is a lock IMO…Haley will get in before Greene will and then you have Strahan(with New York backing) and Mecklenburg. It maybe tough for Greene.

  • Brian Miller

    how the hell is Tony Dungy on this list?