Report: Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis Not Elected To Pro Football Hall Of Fame

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.

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.

  • RW

    What in the world will it take for this guy to get in? IMO he was better than curtis martin…

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  • Matt Manzo

    BS! Damn! Stupid? If I wasn’t helping my kid with her science project id be kicking and breaking stuff! I thought the HOF was to showcase the talent and miracles and fairy tales of achievement in the NFL?
    Bettis’ career ending was as fairy tale as it gets! And his achievements are top 5! The miracle being him sent to a team and franchise that he became part of and created a legacy of his own, while beasting one of the best positions in football. And he was a big guy!
    Giving it one more year and winning the SB in ur hometown was a cherry on top that I thought for sure would land him the HOF his 2nd year of eligibility!

  • Steve

    Said the same about LC Greenwood. Bettis will make it, the question is when?

  • RyanW

    Ridiculous. HOF is a joke.

  • 20Stoney

    I think that 3.9 kills him.

  • Virdin Barzey

    No its not. Just the people voting. Did you see that one idiot that vote for Brady over Manning for NFL MVP? Yup, its idiots like that is what keeping Jerome on the waiting list. Can’t watch this mess much longer.

  • Iron Cadet

    Relax all of these guys deserve to be in it. They all can’t go in this year. Cmon now

  • Kevin Gobleck

    2 others in the Hall have a 3.9 one of which is John Riggins and Curtis Martin had a 4.0 ypc so i don’t see why that’d keep him out

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    So a punter who averaged more than a yard a punt LESS than Zoltan Mesko is a better hall of fame candidate than the Bus????

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I won’t get mad as long as he gets in eventually, granted sooner the better though

  • Sabbie

    He will get in and he deserves to be in. I am a transplant living in Cleveland and the natives are dancing as if they won a title….in a way I am enjoying this!

  • J&LSteeler

    Yea, it’s disappointing that he didn’t get in this year, but, I’m pretty sure he will be in next year – depending who’s first time eligible. I think there are a few first time locks next year, too. But, Ray Guy was voted in as a senior candidate. Had nothing to do with Bettis’ chances. Besides, Ray Guy should have been in a long time ago. He was the best of the best of the best.

  • Aric Brown

    The Bus will be making a stop in Canton… just a little later than expected.

  • Matt Manzo

    Alan Faneca said it best on Football Today this week! He said all 11 opposing defensive players knew that Jerome was going to run at them and he still put up the numbers he did. Enough said!

  • CW

    Which really misses the point. Bettis not having a 4.0 YPC is a stat guy thing. Bettis played a bruising physical type of football where the other team often could even have an idea where Bettis was headed and still could little to stop him.

    A lot of plays Bettis plowed over the teeth of an opposing defense for two or three yards for a game clinching first down or a game winning touchdown with every opposing player knowing that all they had to do to was stop Bettis and they rarely could.

  • 20Stoney

    I agree. I’m just saying I think that is what is hurting him. A lot of people will look at that and won’t get past it. Bus was definitely a lot better back than John Riggins. That time spent as the short yardage back is really hurting him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Ray Guy was the best punter in his era hands down. I cannot complain about that.

  • Steve

    When you run the same dam play 5 times and still get close to 4 yards a carry, it wears on a defence, takes time off the clock and a 1st down every 3rd play. The opposing Defense knew where the ball was going and could not stop Jerome, it demoralized them and he always had that nice smile for them 🙂

  • CW

    Yeah, I was just attacking the whole YPC argument, not you. It’s stats rather than football and placing fantasy football priorities over the real game.

    It’s like the whole he’s only got 2 seasons with more than 9 TDs argument that some raise. It misses the whole 97 touchdowns rushed, received, or thrown for over his entire career. And the fact that the Steelers and Rams for the entire time Bettis was with either team were more oriented towards low scoring defensive football games than high scoring blow outs. The total combined score for both teams for more than half the games Bettis played in, and the Steelers won, could be less than thirty points and that counts against him?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Haley and Shields should be in. Actually I think the new coach Saxon was there while Shields was blowing out big holes for the RB’s to run through. I am more pissed about those guys not getting in yet. Although I feel they along with Bettis will get in eventually.

  • PA2AK

    16 players all time have eclipsed 11,300 yards rushing. 2 aren’t eligible for the HOF yet….EVERY other RB is in except for Bettis who’s at #6(retired at #5). If they can claim the ypc stat…the above should trump in a heartbeat. Also…go through the list of HOF backs that played within a decade of Bettis…then compare QBs. Bettis was the offense. He could point out where he was going and still get the yards necessary…by running over three or using his quick feet to make defenders look like they had cement shoes. There is no legit argument for him not being in there.

  • sean mcmartin

    What a joke..Bettis is a hall of famer..

  • CW

    Of course. I think it’s insane for Bettis to not be in last year. But they, the HOF voters, could make the whole case about the other running back that “deserved” it more.

    You could objectively argue for Curtis Martin over Bettis two years ago. It would be a little silly, but it could be done. Then last year you could make the argument that there were just too many names on that finalist list and Bettis was just a result of circumstances. But this year?

    With every running back around him on the top ten list already in the Hall of Fame or an effective lock for first year enshrinement like L.T., it starts to look like a personal bias against Bettis or the Steelers is creeping into the voting

  • 20Stoney

    Was just listening to Bouchette on the radio. He said if the Bus “died” when he YPC was still 4.0_, he thinks he would have been in.