Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown and former running back Jerome Bettis are both in the running for the Madden NFL 25 box cover.
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the “Madden” video game, the cover has 32 current players going against 32 legends of the game, with all teams represented.
In the first round Bettis is up against former New York Jets running back Curtis Martin, while Brown goes against New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Voting is now open at Madden NFL 25.
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their 27 semifinalists for the Class of 2013, and among them are two former Pittsburgh Steelers, running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene. Bettis was a finalist the last two years and Greene was a finalist last year.
“It’s always an honor whenever you can reach the semifinalist list,” said Bettis. “It’s never a thing where you assume it’s going to happen. Nothing is promised to you. It’s always refreshing and new. I am just excited and I will go from there. I am not overly excited because I understand the process, but there is reason for excitement.”
Normally there are only 25 semifinalists, but there are 27 this year because of a three-way tie.
That list will be narrowed down to 15 modern-era finalists in early January.
The Class of 2013 will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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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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Saturday, January 7
The Steelers held a walk-thru on Saturday morning, before boarding a plane and heading to Denver to take on the Broncos on Sunday afternoon.
There was some good news for a few former Steelers on Saturday afternoon as Jerome Bettis, Dermontti Dawson, Kevin Greene and Jack Butler were all finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012. There are 15 modern-era finalists and two senior members, including Butler.
The Class of 2012 will be announced on February 4 in Indianapolis.
Dawson learned of being a finalist when he received a text from former Steelers wide receiver Louis Lipps, which was then followed up by phone calls and other messages from friends.
“The way I approach it, if I am selected, then I am selected. If I am not, I’m not,” said Dawson, who has been down this road before as a finalist. “At least I am a finalist so I have another opportunity. I just take it one day at a time. That is it.”
Dawson, who played for the Steelers from 1988-2000, is considered one of the best to play the game but has the disadvantage of being at a position where he doesn’t have stats.
“I think that is part of it as well,” said Dawson. “That is a hard thing for offensive linemen. It’s supposed to be based on what you did as a player, what you contributed to the game. We are not stat guys, except for jumping offside or holding, those are the only stats we have. Everything is about stats and that makes it tougher for offensive linemen to get in there. You have only had a handful of centers to get in the Hall of Fame. The percentage is very low when it comes to offensive linemen.”
The perfect scenario for Dawson would be him and his former teammate Bettis going in the Hall together this year.
“That would be great,” said Dawson. “If both of us were elected…I don’t know if it’s happened before with two teammates but it would be great.
“Jerome is more than deserving to be elected. He was consistent throughout his career. Every year he was consistent. He wasn’t the typical running back. He wasn’t a super speedy guy. He got it done, came in every week and got it done. He was a load.”
Dawson continues to follow the Steelers and is looking forward to Sunday’s game against the Broncos.
“It’s going to be a good game,” said Dawson. “Overall I think it’s going to be a close game. I hope Ben’s (Roethlisberger) ankle is going to be good enough that he is going to be mobile. I think it’s going to be a competitive game.
“I think the key is going to be those guys trying to corral (Tim) Tebow and contain the running game.”
Steelers players relax for a minute before the start of the Saturday morning walk-thru – when things got down to business.
Steelers arrive in Denver
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Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis signed autographs and read to children at Panera Bread at the Waterfront and Penn Center on Saturday while at the same time giving back to the community. Bettis collected books for the Jerome Bettis the Bus Stops Here Foundation which will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UMPC.
“It’s our way of giving back,” said Bettis. “In the Christmas spirit the key is putting smiles on kids’ faces. I love giving back to the community that has given so much to me.
“It’s great to see that people still appreciate what I have done and what I stand for. That means a lot.”
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Jerome Bettis is among those that feel the Steelers need quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to play on Monday night to defeat the San Francisco 49ers.
“This is the type of football team that they live and die with Ben Roethlisberger,” said Bettis. “He is the engine in that car. If you don’t have Ben, this offense is built around a high-powered passing game, and you don’t have that.”
Bettis, who was at the Steelers-Browns game, said he wasn’t surprised to see Roethlisberger come back in the game in the second half.
“I knew he was going to come back out there,” said Bettis. “He is one of those players that when he is hurt, sometimes he plays at his best. I expected to see him out there. Anything short of being broke I figured he was going to be out there playing.”
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