Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, linebacker Kevin Greene, kicker Gary Anderson, safety Thomas Everett and coaches Bill Cowher and Buddy Parker are among the 113 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
Bettis, who has been a finalist four straight years, rushed for 10,571 yards with the Steelers, and amassed 13,662 career yards overall, 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.
Bettis knows that patience is the key as he waits to hopefully get the call from the Hall of Fame, but also lives with the peace that no matter what happens he is satisfied with the career he had.
"At the end of the day what you can't do is get consumed by the hope," said Bettis. "I have to be confident in I did everything I could do, I am comfortable with my career the way it went. For me my ultimate goal was to win a championship.
Photos from the career of former Steelers running back and Hall of Fame finalist Jerome Bettis.
"You play this game to win a championship, I won a championship. If I am able to get into Canton, that is kind of the icing on the cake. I hope so, but if not it won't be a wasted career, I tell you that."
Cowher was the Steelers head coach from 1992-2006, leading the team to victory in Super Bowl XL. In his 15 seasons he guided the team to eight division titles and his teams played in six AFC Championship games and two Super Bowls, losing in Super Bowl XXX to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will narrow the list to 25 semifinalists in late November and then eventually to 15 semifinalists.
The Class of 2015 will be announced Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 as a part of Super Bowl XLIX weekend.
Former Steelers defensive back and defensive coordinator Tony Dungy is also a nominee this year for his career as a head coach with the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.