Canton, Ohio – Steelers running back Jerome Bettis sat down in front of a large group of media on Friday afternoon and immediately started talking. It was easy for him, because he was sharing what was special to him the last few days as he prepares for his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And what was special?
Jerome Bettis puts on his Hall of Fame gold jacket for the first time.
Here are four things from Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, three from the Gold Jacket dinner and one from the Hall of Fame group photo on Friday.
- "Getting that Jacket on and seeing what it feels like to have a Gold Jacket and be a Hall of Famer. Up until that point, you never feel it. I got a chance to feel it when I put on the Gold Jacket."
- "When I was on the podium I got a chance to take a selfie with my older brother. It kind of came to me, I ran with it, and it's a memory he and I will both have for the rest of our lives."
- "My son came up (on stage) close to the end. He was standing up. Something told him just come up. He was so proud of me he came up and gave me a big hug. My daughter came over. They were proud of dad and I was proud of them."
- "The Hall of Fame picture was really neat. I got a chance to talk to a lot of the guys, some of the guys I didn't get to meet before. The photo was the first opportunity I got to go over and say hello to some of those guys. That was really cool. Those were guys I watched when I was in college and high school. And the Ray Nitschke Luncheon was very impactful. You heard from the other Hall of Famers and it was a magical time."