Jerome Bettis was born on February 16, 1972, in Detroit, Michigan. He was a smaller student with asthma that liked to go bowling when he was seven. As he got older, he started playing football on the street with his friends. At age thirteen, he started playing football. In high school, even though his mother didn’t want him to, he still wanted to play football. She would only let him play if he kept his grades up. In his senior year, he was named No.1 high school player in Michigan.
Jerome went to college at Notre Dame. They promised him he could play fullback. As football practice opened for Notre Dame in the 1990 season, Bettis was placed on the injured list. Bettis had hurt his leg in a high school all-star game. When he returned he didn’t play as much. As a sophomore, Bettis set a record of twenty touchdowns for Notre Dame. Playing against Stanford he rushed 179 with four touchdowns, that’s excellent. Before he knew it, Bettis was in the running for the heisman Trophy. This reward is given to the best football college player of the year. For his senior year of college, Bettis was so good, that he got drafted to play in the NFL.
Bettis was drafted to the St. Louis Rams for his debut start in the NFL. During his first game with the Rams he rushed over 200 yards, but unfortunately had to leave the game because he had an asthma attack. In a game against the Saints, he had a 71 yard touchdown run. But 2 years later, Bettis had injuries and had a bad year and he was traded to Pittsburgh Steelers.
His first game with the Steelers, Bettis ran an all-time record of a 43-yard touchdown for the Steelers. Fans quickly nicknamed him “The Bus” for his running style. After the 2000 season, Bettis became a free agent in hopes of earning more money, but stayed with the Steelers until he retired in 2991. Before he retired he became the 6th player to rush for 10000 yards.
In his spare time Bettis also helps his charity by...