The sixth leading rusher in NFL history, with eight 1,000-yard seasons, Bettis has been waiting for this moment since he, officially, walked away from the game as a Super Bowl champion.
But while the Detroit native is thrilled at the prospect of athletic immortality, he knows that he would not be experiencing it if it were not for his family and their constant support throughout his career.
Jada told the Steelers’ website earlier this week: I couldn’t be any prouder. Of course, it made sense for the former Steelers standout to consider Gladys who, along with her husband, traveled to every single one of Bettis’ games, both at Notre Dame and with Pittsburgh.
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Although neither child can fully recall Betts’ rushing exploits on the football field – Jada was just an infant when her father retired after the Steelers’ Super Bowl victory – they have both been vocal about their pride surrounding his impending Hall of Fame induction. John said that Jerome’s request to have him on stage during the induction reduced him to tears, calling the moment “an incredible honor.” It’s also of particular importance for John who actually grew up as a Steelers fan and even eventually moved to Pittsburgh to support his brother’s career on the gridiron. Although he ultimately opted to have his brother on-stage during his Hall of Fame induction, Bettis said that he also considered his mother, Gladys, for a long time.
16, found out how much those friendships mean following his most embarrassing lost possession of the month—his fumble in the AFC divisional playoff against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan.
15, with to play and Pittsburgh on its way to closing out a 21-18 upset.
He retired in 2006 after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in his native Detroit, Michigan, beating the Seattle Seahawks.
Bettis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.