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Jerome Bettis

December 28, 1993
They were eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago, but there are still things at stake for the Rams when they finish the season at home Sunday against Chicago. For Jerome Bettis, there is the chance to become only the 14th first-year player since 1932--and the first since the Ram's Eric Dickerson in 1983--to win the NFL rushing title. Bettis trails Dallas' Emmitt Smith by just 35 yards (1,318 to 1,283).
September 18, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS
Running back Jerome Bettis practiced for the first time all week, but Cleveland Gary continued to remain on the sideline nursing a thigh bruise. The Rams did not practice in pads, but Bettis took a full turn with the first-team offense and appeared recovered from a bruised sternum that had kept him inactive earlier in the week. "If Cleveland Gary can't start," Coach Chuck Knox said, "Bettis will start."
October 23, 2002 | From Associated Press
The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading into familiar territory, an important division game at Baltimore with star Jerome Bettis probably sidelined with an injury. The Steelers got better-than-expected news Tuesday when they learned neither Bettis nor center Jeff Hartings needs knee surgery. Both were hurt in the second half of their 28-10 victory Monday night over Indianapolis, and Hartings' injury was initially thought more serious.
July 14, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY
The Rams continue to keep an eye on the off-season weight of second-year tailback Jerome Bettis, who weighed in at 247 pounds, seven over his playing weight, during mini-camp in May. But Bettis worked with a personal trainer in June, and offensive coordinator Chick Harris is confident the focal point of the team's offense will be in shape by early training camp. "He'll lose that (seven pounds) in the first two days of camp," Harris said. "We know he'll be in here at his weight.
January 28, 2002 | Associated Press
Jerome Bettis waited eight weeks for this? The Steelers' Pro Bowl running back, playing for the first time since Dec. 2 because of a groin injury, gained only eight yards in nine carries in Pittsburgh's 24-17 loss Sunday. Bettis was confident all week he could quickly get back into game shape. But he never got going and, clearly ineffective, was idled for part of the second and third quarters as Amos Zereoue replaced him. It isn't like Bettis hasn't been here before.
September 7, 2002 | From Associated Press
Police are investigating Pittsburgh Steeler running back Jerome Bettis after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct. The woman, who was not identified, told police Bettis attacked her in his car on Aug. 21, after she'd met him at a bar to have a football autographed. Bettis' lawyer, Bob Del Greco, confirmed Friday that police in Greensburg--about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh--contacted the player about the woman's claim. Del Greco said Bettis is cooperating with the investigation.
July 19, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
When Salvador Torres, 14, of Cypress returns to school this fall, he can tell his friends he beat Kobe Bryant in a game of H-O-R-S-E. And he has proof -- a feature segment that has been televised on several editions of ESPN's "SportsCenter" this week. The game took place because Torres, a leukemia patient, was granted his wish by ESPN and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The leukemia is in remission, according to Torres' uncle, Tony Morales.
Ram tailback Jerome Bettis had just learned to walk when O.J. Simpson became the NFL's first 2,000-yard rusher in 1973. By the time the Rams' Eric Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards in 1984, surpassing Simpson's mark of 2,003 yards, Bettis was still tearing up the playgrounds back in Detroit. Bettis didn't see Simpson's or Dickerson's record-breaking seasons. But the statistics sit there in the record book, a constant reminder that has teased Bettis into wanting to join them.
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