University of Notre Dame
Debuted in 1993 for the Los Angeles Rams
Last played in 2006 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers’ former running back was known for knocking down defenders as if he was a bowling ball hitting flush pocket when he played, but he loved knocking down pins almost as much.
When Jerome Bettis was younger, he didn’t want to play football. He wanted to be a pro bowler. When other kids would go to football games, he would go to bowling tournament, at age 14 he was diagnosed with asthma.
He never thought about playing football until middle school. He got his nickname “the bus” in college.
The life-long bowler recently brought his love of both sports together when he hosted “Bowl with The Bus” at Latitude 40, in Pittsburgh, a charity event benefiting the Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation.
The event benefited Bettis’ foundation, with money raised going toward programs for Pittsburgh youth including computer-engineering, asthma awareness and mentor-ship programs.
Bettis is owner of the PBA League’s Motown Muscle.