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Bettis, Greene Hall of Fame finalists

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 11, 2013 – 9:46 am


Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene are both finalists for the 2013 Class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bettis has been a finalist each of the three years he has been eligible and Greene, who played three seasons with the Steelers, was also a finalist in 2012.

Bettis wasn’t aware the finalists were being announced on Friday morning, and was surprised and thrilled upon hearing the news. 

“It’s an honor to be considered a finalist. There are some great names on that list,” said Bettis. “If you do get your name called, it’s an honor. If you don’t it’s an honor to be associated with those great names. You can’t be mad if someone else gets in because it’s all great players on the list. It can be frustrating at times because you want to be in, but those they put in there are more than deserving of the honor.

“When you understand it’s a process and it may not happen for you, it’s not tough. You have to be comfortable with your place in history and what you were able to accomplish. That is what I am. I am comfortable with my place in history and what I have been able to do.”

Bettis began his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993 but had his best days once he was traded to the Steelers on draft day in 1996. Bettis was the Steelers leading rusher from 1996-2001 and 2003-04, amassing 50 100-yard games with the team. Bettis rushed for 10,571 yards with the Steelers, and 13,662 career yards, ranking him fifth overall in NFL history when he retired.

Bettis’ first year of eligibility he was on the list with running backs Marshall Faulk and Curtis Martin. Faulk was elected in 2011 and Martin in 2012, and this year Bettis is the only running back on the list of finalists.

“I hope it goes like you want it to, but you can never be sure,” said Bettis. “You can’t assume and I won’t do that. Hopefully this is the year.”

The Class of 2013 will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The following is the complete list of the Hall of Fame finalists.

Larry Allen – Guard/Tackle – 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys; 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers

Jerome Bettis – Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams; 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner/Punt Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders; 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles; 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings; 2002 Miami Dolphins

Curley Culp* – 1968-1974 Kansas City Chiefs; 1974-1980 Houston Oilers; 1980-81 Detroit Lions

Edward DeBartolo, Jr. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Greene – Linebacker/Defensive End – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams; 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers; 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers; 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers; 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Art Modell – Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns; 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens

Jonathan Ogden – Tackle – 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens

Bill Parcells – Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants; 1993-96 New England Patriots; 1997-99 New York Jets; 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys

Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills; 2000 Washington Redskins

Dave Robinson* – 1963-1972 Green Bay Packers; 1973-74 Washington Redskins

Warren Sapp – Defensive Tackle – 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2004-07 Oakland Raiders

Will Shields – Guard – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

Michael Strahan – Defensive End – 1993-2007 New York Giants

Aeneas Williams – Cornerback/Safety – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals; 2001-04 St. Louis Rams


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17 Responses to “Bettis, Greene Hall of Fame finalists”

  1. By kathie on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Kevin Greene,,,is he being considered as a Steeler if inducted into the HOF?

  2. By lotusman13 on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Having met BOTH of these Gentlemen and watched their playing with Passion, it is my Opinion that BOTH are Well Deserved of Being Enshrined in Canton.

  3. By Derrick Johnson on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Thats good news that Jerome Bettis and Kevin Greene are the finishlist in the 2013 Hall of Fame and I hope they make it in this year.

  4. By gjeno4u on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Bettis Better Be Voted In !

  5. By JEFFERY MELTON on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply


  6. By Mr. "P" on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s take “The Bus” all the way to Canton! Hopefully it will be a “Greene” bus!!

  7. By JR Lizarraga on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    The wheels on the BUS go round and round all the way to Canton..

  8. By JR Lizarraga on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Who can forget “Quiver and Quake” . Greg Lloyd ’95 and Kevin Greene ’91!

  9. By Sideline scout on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply

    I hope those two get in, but I really believe Charles Haley should be in the Hall of Fame. He was on what, five Super Bowl winning teams.

  10. By luissteelers on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply


  11. By mark w ruwart on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply

    Bettis is very deserving to be enshrined this time.

  12. By paul on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply

    bus is surely deserving……but k. greene is another thing,is he more deserving than lloyd,kirkland, or harrison in a few years? not in my opinion

  13. By pgh bob on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply

    Dont expect Greene to be a Steeler inductee. He told me one time that his best years personally were at Carolina.. They can have him..

  14. By Al Lutes on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply

    Jerome is more than deserving to get it, it’s his time!!!

  15. By cajuncattle on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply

    Bettis is a class act and HOF would be the only fitting spot for his caliber. Hof also needs to put LC greenwood in.

  16. By h,mcgaha on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    go steeler nation! best @ wat we do !! ALWAYS!!

  17. By bebaugh on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    Go Bus!!! Great player and will go down as the best trade the Steelers made to get him. On the other hand, Greene was good, but kind of 1 dimensional. Tomlin might call him a ‘one trick pony’ if he were on the team today.

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