‘Jerome Bettis: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, October 2 at 9:00 PM ET
“He is held as the standard that a lot of our players look to when they want to try to understand what it is to be a Steeler.” – Art Rooney II
September 29, 2015: Jerome Bettis: A Football Life premieres Friday, October 2 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network with a look at Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers Jerome Bettis, nicknamed ‘The Bus’. The one-hour documentary produced by NFL Films features interviews with Bettis, family members, teammates, coaches and opponents.
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Bettis, a Detroit native started playing football in high school and instantly made headlines. His size, speed and strength enabled him to play at the University of Notre Dame and set a single-season school record that still stands. Bettis went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, where he would eventually win a Super Bowl. His character and leadership on and off the field made him the face of Steelers football and continues to inspire players throughout the league.
Among the topics discussed in Jerome Bettis: A Football Life are:
- The importance of his family, including his father’s death and his mother’s fight with cancer
- Becoming a football star at Notre Dame
- His career with the Rams and being traded to the Steelers
- The losses in the 1997, 2001 and 2004 AFC Championship Games
- Giving back to youth as well as his mentorship with players on and off the field
- The road to Super Bowl XL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
Jerome Bettis: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Gladys Bettis –Jerome’s mother
Trameka Bettis – Jerome’s wife
Joey Porter – Steelers teammate
Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers quarterback
Bill Cowher – Former Steelers head coach
Art Rooney II – Steelers president
Mike Tomlin – Steelers head coach
Le’Veon Bell – Steelers running back
Ray Lewis – Former Ravens linebacker
Bob Dozier – High School coach
Cris Collinsworth – Ex-Notre Dame announcer
Lou Holtz – Former Notre Dame head coach
Rich Brooks – Former Rams head coach
Jada Bettis – Jerome’s daughter
Jerome Bettis Jr. – Jerome’s son
Kordell Stewart – Steelers teammate
Ed Bouchette – Pittsburgh Post- Gazette Writer
Hines Ward – Steelers teammate
Willie Parker – Steelers teammate
Provided below are some select quotes from Jerome Bettis: A Football Life:
– “I take the things that I have learned as a leader from him and I try to do the same thing that he did with me and with young guys.” – Ben Roethlisberger
– “Hurt, limping, whatever it was, he was going to give you everything that he had.” – Ray Lewis
– “When you saw this guy touch the ball you just kept thinking, that’s not possible. Something that big can’t move that fast with those kind of moves.” – Cris Collinsworth
– “One thing that was said about me was that I wasn’t a game changer. So I broke a 50-yard run and changed the game.” – Jerome Bettis
– “Everybody knew it, Jerome was getting the ball and they still couldn’t stop him.” – Ed Bouchette on Bettis running the ball with the Steelers
– “Jerome Bettis took less of a role late in his career, it was almost like the lesser role he accepted the bigger role he had on our team in terms of leadership.” – Bill Cowher
-“He is held as the standard that a lot of our players look to when they want to try to understand what it is to be a Steeler.” – Art Rooney II
This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET. Below is the broadcast schedule for the October episodes:
- October 9 – Terrell Owens
- October 16 – Alan Page
- October 23 – Steve Largent
- October 30 – Dick Vermeil
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