He was one of pro football's most beloved and respected stars,
admired not only by NFL fans and his own teammates, but by his
opponents as well. Super Bowl champion; six time Pro Bowler; NFL
Comeback Player of the Year; NFL Man of the Year; fifth all-time
leading rusher in the NFL; future Hall of Famer; now NBC Sports
commentator. You may think you know Jerome Bettis, but you don't.
In" The Bus," Jerome Bettis tells his full, unvarnished story for
the first time--from his sometimes troubled childhood in inner-city
Detroit to his difficult transition at Notre Dame, to a pro coach
who almost caused him to quit the game, to a trade for the ages
that resulted in ten glorious seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As a chunky child wearing glasses, Jerome's only sports-related
aspiration was to become a professional bowler. But growing up in
one of the roughest neighborhoods in Detroit, he eventually found
his escape on the high school football field, thanks to the
devotion of hard-working parents, a concerned coach, and his
prodigious talent. He arrived at Notre Dame as one of the nation's
best prep players, but despite his incredible performances, he
never stopped worrying that he would somehow blow his chance to
make good. Drafted and later discarded by the Los Angeles Rams, it
was in the football-obsessed city of Pittsburgh that Jerome found
his home and became a legend. "The Bus" captures the sweetness and
honesty of Bettis, but also details the jaw-dropping, violent
nature of the game he loved, the mind-boggling injuries he endured,
and the cut-throat NFL business tactics he overcame and later
mastered. Through it all, Jerome was also a loving son, an adoring
father, and the ultimate teammate and mentor. "The Bus" not only
takes you under the helmet, but inside the huddle, the locker room,
the practice field, the negotiating table, the owner's office, and
the Super Bowl sideline. You'll learn how Bettis became The Bus,
how he helped engineer the greatest trade in Steelers history, how
he almost cost Pittsburgh a conference championship, and how sweet
it was to win--finally--one for the thumb.
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