Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis can be added to the list of ex-NFL players that feel like the league took advantage of them when it comes to knowledge concerning concussions. A bruising back nicknamed “The Bus,” the 250-plus pound back sounded off on concussions when he spoke with the Associated Press.
“You definitely feel as though you were taken advantage of in a way that you weren’t given that information, and you always want to have the choice of knowing, and when that is taken away from you, you feel as though you were taken advantage of,” Bettis said.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2015, Bettis had a 13-year NFL career that included 192 regular season games. He broke in with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993 when he was the 10th overall selection in the NFL draft out of Notre Dame. He would reel off six consecutive seasons of 1,000-plus yards rushing. That began in 1996, his first year as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His career would come to a close in 2005.
Bettis was a six-time Pro Bowler during his career, named First-team All-Pro on two separate occasions. He came rumbling into the league, winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award with the Rams in 1993.
He would win his lone Super Bowl as a member of the Steelers in the 2005 season, while having also been named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2001. By the time his career was over, he carried the ball over 3,400 times for over 13,000 yards and 91 touchdowns.