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Who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and who doesn’t is one of the debates that every real NFL fan loves to get into. While everything is up for debate, it’s hard to ignore the fact that there are many great players, coaches and commissioners that have yet to be inducted.
Here is a list of 20 important people from the history of the NFL who we believe deserve a place in Canton.
1. Jerome Bettis
Bettis scored an amazing 91 rushing yards while compiling 13,662 rushing yards during his 13-year career with the Los Angeles Rams, St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers. What’s more, he’s better known as the Bus. We guess you don’t get such nickname for nothing.
Bettis finished his 13 NFL seasons as the NFL’s 5th all-time leading rusher with 13,662 yards and 91 touchdowns. He also caught 200 passes for 1,449 yards and 3 touchdowns. He then was named to the Pro Bowl in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2004. Bettis won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 1996, and in 2002 he was the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
While he finished with 1,542 more yards than Franco Harris on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, Harris however remains the Steelers all-time leading rusher because 3,091 of those yards came while Bettis was with the Rams.
Radio commentator Myron Cope popularized his nickname The Bus after hearing a brother of a fellow Notre Dame alumni call Jerome “Bussy” in Green Bay. The nickname comes from the amazing ability to carry multiple defenders on his back, like a bus ride. During the Green Bay broadcast, Cope started using the nickname “The Bus.”