The fourth time was apparently not the charm for former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis as he was not selected as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014, according to Alby Oxenreiter of WPXI-TV.
BREAKING: My sources tell me that Jerome Bettis did NOT make the HOF for a 4th straight year. #WPXI
— Alby Oxenreiter (@albyox) February 1, 2014
Bettis, who retired after the 2005 season as the fifth-leading rusher in the NFL with 13,662 yards, has been a finalists for four straight years since he became eligible.
Bettis was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame and came to Pittsburgh via a trade in 1996. He would go on to finish his career with the Steelers that culminated with a championship in Super Bowl XL.
The five modern-era finalists that will make up the class of 2014 are Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams. Both senior nominees - Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey also were elected this year.