Everything about Jerome Bettis’ life as a football player reads like a Hollywood movie. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Bettis was a sought after linebacker and running back at Mackenzie high school who ultimately played at the University of Notre Dame. After an outstanding college career, Bettis was the 10th overall selection in the 1993 NFL draft by the St Louis Rams where he found immediate success and was named the NFL rookie of the year in 1993, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons.
After three years he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers and from there he established himself as one of the most physically dominant running backs in the history of the league. In his career, Bettis was named to the Pro Bowl six times, and was the recipient of both the NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1996) and NFL Man of the Year (2001) while winning a Super Bowl in 2005. Currently Bettis is a commentator for the NFL Network and NBC’s Football Night in America, broadcast every Sunday night.