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The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet by [Bettis, Jerome, Wojciechowski, Gene]
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From Publishers Weekly

The National Football League's fifth all-time leading rusher tells of his journey from growing up on Detroit's mean streets to playing for the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. As a child, Bettis wore nerdy glasses and preferred bowling. In high school, he began playing football, but also started running with a smalltime neighborhood gang that sold drugs and carried firearms. He credits his escape from crime to his high school coach and his parents for laying down the law as well as the shock of seeing a friend get shot. A highly recruited high school player, he played three years at Notre Dame before turning pro with the Rams (both L.A. and St. Louis). During the latter part of his 13-year career, he had to compete for playing time and deal with a litany of injuries. For his last pro football game, he returned triumphantly to Detroit, which hosted the 2006 Super Bowl. Writing in an easygoing, honest voice, Bettis gives readers a good look at the inside stories of college recruiting, professional contracts and the agony of NFL injuries. He also dishes out opinions on players, calling former Rams quarterback Jim Everett soft as puppy fur and Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski a coward who specialized in cheap shots. (Aug.)
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Bettis used natural ability, hard work, and emotional stability to put together an award-winning NFL career that ended in 2006 when his Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl. Bettis was raised on Detroit's mean streets, but thanks to loving parents and a moral compass, he avoided most of the serious missteps common to many in those circumstances. He became a Detroit prep star, earned a scholarship to Notre Dame, and after a successful career there, went on to stardom with the St. Louis Rams and later the Steelers. Bettis' abilities as a player secured one level of stardom, but it's always been his humor and one-of-the-guys demeanor that linked him most closely with fans. Wojciechowski, a senior writer for ESPN and coauthor of, among other books, Rick Majerus' classic memoir, My Life on a Napkin (1999), brings out all Bettis' best qualities in this enjoyable sports autobiography. Lukowsky, Wes

Product Details

  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0767926668
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VMBXJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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All football fans know about the "Bus". The 5 foot 11 inch 238-255 pound (Depending on the week.) battering ram of a running back. Bettis is the epitome of the blue collar "OLD SCHOOL" football player. You know He's coming, He's telling you He's coming. It doesn't matter if it's snowing or the suns shining, He's coming off tackle, and there is going to be some banging, and there is going to be pain. He's giving pain and he's taking pain, but that's how he's paved his way to a sure to be first vote election to the National Football League Hall Of Fame, and how he gained 13,662 yards, scored 94 touchdowns, and became a Super Bowl Champion.

While these are interesting and impressive numbers, I learned a lot more important things about the "Bus", and the education starts before you even reach the table of contents. The "Bus" has what amounts to an open letter to the world from his heart, dedicating this book to his deceased Father. Jerome states that his Dad taught him what it means to be a Father, a husband, and a man. What he says next brought tears to my eyes, because it is the exact, same, exalted feelings, I always state to the world about my dear departed Father. "My Father was the best Father in the world. He was my hero. Whenever somebody asks who inspired me, my answer is always the same my Father."

Bettis grew up with loving parents in a bad part of Detroit where his Father worked two jobs and education was stressed in their household. When some older kids in the neighborhood starting messing with Jerome, and tried to hurt him, his Mother found out, and I'll let Mrs. Bettis tell you what she did: "I tracked those kids down and I said, Don't you touch him. I'll kill you. Don't even look at him. I was a fearsome mother. We scared the fire out of them.
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In this book Mr. Bettis offers an account of his life. I was surprised by the honesty with which he wrote the book. He wrote about his failures as a child growing up in the inner city of Detroit as well as his struggles in the NFL. He elaborates on many NFL related issues he was involved with.

Personally, reading a first hand account of some of the injuries was very interesting. I recall the 'fog bowl' playoff game when Pittsburgh travelled to New England in the playoffs and lost. Little did I know that The Bus had a groin injury that game and played anyways. Fans rarely hear about player injuries unless the player's on the injured list. It was interesting to read about that situation and have it come full circle as a fan not understanding why The Steelers didn't run the ball well in that game.

Most news headlines about this book state that Mr. Bettis faked an injury during his career to stay with the team. That assessment wasn't correct. He faked the timing of the injury, but not the injury itself. When I read the book I very much sympathized with his reasoning for doing so.

I learned a few life lessons in the book as well as reassured me of others. As a top player in the league, Mr. Bettis constantly had critics and had to work for everything he earned. Nothing was ever handed to him. Once he was in the league, he had to work harder to stay in the league.

If you're a fan of sports or of great success stories you'll love this book.
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Just like "The Bus" himself, this book is a winner. It is a must-read for all "Bus" and/or Steeler fans. He is witty, personable and honest and presents an insider's look into the workings of the NFL and also into his personal life. The story is one that will inspire any young person to "follow your dream", but is realistic in emphasizing the hard work, determination and resilience involved in achieving success. I would highly recommend it!
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Jerome Bettis is one of my favorite Steelers, his is the first jersey I ever got. This book was well written, honest, and inspirational. Any true Steelers fan will relate to Bettis' accounts of game days...many of the games he talks about in the book were ones I was fortunate enough to attend. Being from a state in the New England region, the accounts of the games played against New England were particularly vivid in my mind. This book allows the reader into the heart and mind of Jerome Bettis. By reading about what other players and coaches have said about Bettis it is clear that he was a special football player, and is a special man. Some may have heard negative things about this book, but if you bleed black and gold, you will want to read this story. It's one you won't soon forget.
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this Book charts the career of Jerome Bettis from his upbringing Detriot with his Parents through his College days with Notre Dame through his NFL Career with both the Rams and Steelers with whom he won a title with. the Bus Pulls no punches and talks directly about growing up and the obstacles and challenges he faced. he speaks frankly about other NFL Players and NFL Politics and how things really go down in the trenches. he is a strong minded and direct Cat. this is a Book that takes a NFL inside all of the hardwork,drive and dedication to being the best you can be. Bettis is a sure fire Hall of Famer and he is a Smart Brother as well. a very well put together Book.
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