Jerome Bettis, nicknamed “The Bus,” is a former American football halfback for the NFL’s Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers.
When asked about Ben Roethlisberger, Bettis told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Wednesday that Roethlisberger “has to prove his heart is in the right place” in order to regain acceptance with the NFL and fans.
Roethlisberger is eligible to report for training camp, which starts at the end of this month, and to play in the preseason.
“I know from knowing Ben that his heart is in the right place,” Bettis said.
“He has to keep his head down, play hard and give back to the community,” Bettis told the paper. “If he does that, slowly but surely, he will be able to work through the process.
“It is not going to be a quick fix.”
Bettis is considered one of the greatest backs ever to play in the NFL, and is fifth on the National Football League’s all-time rushing list. He retired in 2006 after a Super Bowl victory.
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