Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was on the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN Radio on Tuesday and said he can relate to what Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff is going through, even though his fate with playoff infamy turned out better.
Bettis fumbled on the Colts two-yard line with 1:20 remaining in AFC Divisional Playoffs against Indianapolis during the 2005 season, and the Colts Nick Harper recovered. But he was bailed out by the defense that held the Colts, and then Mike Vanderjagt missed a 46-yard field goal that would have tied the game. The Steelers eventually went on to win Super Bowl XL.
“I was there. I had a fumble go up in the air,” said Bettis. “I was there. For a brief moment in time, I was the goat. I know what it felt like. It’s the most demoralizing feeling in the world. You feel like you are all alone. You think everyone is looking at you; nobody wants to be around you. I was on my knee and there was nobody within 10 feet. I understand; I get it. It’s a devastating feeling for those guys. It was important to see Ray Lewis step up and say we lose as a team, we win as a team.”
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