Nov 25, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward prior to a game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Hines Ward makes case for Jerome Bettis in Hall of Fame

Former Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis has the opportunity to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Saturday night, as part of the 2014 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

As we wait to hear who will be getting their bust in Canton, Bettis’ former Steelers teammates are coming to make their case for the bruising back.

Ward was especially fond of the rare power and speed combination that “The Bus” possessed and he perfectly recalled a signature play from Bettis that he will never be able to get out of his mind.

You look at his size and tenacity. To be that size and have quick feet was just amazing,” Ward said, via the Steelers official website. “Sometimes you found yourself as a teammate watching like a fan to see him get through a hole, side step somebody, run over somebody and then get up and do his patent ‘The Bus’ dance. That is what made him such a special running back. You don’t see many guys be able to maneuver the holes and run somebody over.

“When Jerome ran over Brian Urlacher I think that was a signature play of who The Bus really was. Every time I see that play, I shake my head and think that is The Bus. That is what it’s all about. To do the things he did at that size is amazing. I don’t think there will ever be another big guy like Jerome who did it the way he did and for how long he did it.”

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