Bettis, Greene among HOF semifinalists

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene are among the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football HOF Class of 2014.

Former Steelers’ running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene were among the 25 semifinalists announced on Wednesday for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. They were selected from an initial list of 126 individuals that included 89 players, 16 coaches and 21 contributors.

Bettis, who has been a finalist the previous three years, rushed for 10,571 yards with the Steelers, and amassed 13,662 career yards overall in his career, ranking sixth all-time in the NFL. He was the Steelers leading rusher from 1996-2001 and in 2003-04, and posted 50 100-yard games with the Steelers. He was voted to the Pro Bowl six times and capped his career by helping to lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL Championship.

Greene, a finalist the last two years, played 15 seasons in the NFL, three of them with the Steelers (1993-95). He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1985, and soared to success his fourth NFL season when he finished the year with 16.5 sacks. In his three seasons with the Steelers he had 35.5 sacks and two Pro Bowl selections. He finished his career with 160 sacks, 26 fumble recoveries, five interceptions, and recorded three safeties.

The list will be whittled down to 15 finalists on January 8 and the Class of 2014 will be announced in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 as a part of Super Bowl XLVIII weekend.