In what is becoming an annual rite, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced its class, and once again, Jerome Bettis is not in it.
Bettis almost certainly we be inducted into Canton at some point, but it is hard to avoid the feeling that he is being blackballed. Yes, blackballed.
Peter King, the most visible member of the committee, has been on record a number of times saying that he is uncomfortable with the large number of Steelers in the Hall of Fame. Ed Bouchette, a voter and avid supporter of Bettis’ candidacy, disputed that argument, observing that:
But the fact that Butler and Dawson went into the Hall together quite possibly hurts Bettis’ candidacy – if voters are already uncomfortable about putting “too many Steelers” into the Hall of Fame they “well we just inducted two more two years ago” mentality cannot favor the Bus.
Scott Brown of ESPN does think that Bettis suffers from an anti-Steelers bias, and adamant that such attitudes should not prevent Bettis from getting into the Hall of Fame.
Steel Curtain Rising wishes to show no disrespect to Michael Strahan, Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, and Claude Humphrey on their selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Andre Reed is also a worthy candidate but should not go in ahead of Tim Brown.
But to those voters who voted against Jerome Bettis, we ask you to watch this video and answer two questions:
What is it that Bettis didn’t do that he should have done and what similar highlight film can you put together for Ray Guy to argue that he deserves induction over Bettis?
Think about that and get back to us.
Steelers Nation Snub Continues
Jerome Bettis was not the only candidate with ties to the Pittsburgh Steelers to be left out in the cold. Kevin Greene, who while only playing 3 seasons with the Steelers elevated himself into a household word while in Pittsburgh, was eligible but did not make the cut.
Tony Dungy, who cut his roots in the NFL as a Pittsburgh Steelers player and defensive coach, likewise was on the ballot but did not get in. While Dungy’s candidacy rests on his accomplishments as Tampa Bay and Indianapolis Colts head coach, he remains appreciative of his Pittsburgh roots:
Better luck next year to Tony Dungy and Jerome Bettis.