‘The Bus’ keeps on rollin’ — obtains college degree as promised

NFL Legend Jerome Bettis graduates from Notre Dame

One of the most popular athletes in Pittsburgh sports history has achieved yet another feat.

The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that Jerome Bettis, of Steelers lore, completed his college degree from Notre Dame, the university in South Bend, Ind., that he starred at running back before leaving after three seasons.

He graduated last month with a business degree from the Mendoza School of Business. He is officially a member of Notre Dame’s Class of 2022.

“A promise made, a promise kept. 28 years after leaving Notre Dame, I’ve completed my degree from the Mendoza School of Business,” Bettis said on Twitter. “I hope my journey serves as (a) reminder that education is the true equalizer in life and it is never too late to start.”

Bettis played his first three seasons with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, but in 1996, he was acquired by the Steelers, and the rest, they say, is history. For a big man, very few backs in the league could move like Bettis, side-swiping defenders as well as barreling them over. Bettis had 10,571 regular season rushing yards for the Steelers, 78 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns (regular season).

In Bettis’ final season, “The Bus” came home to Detroit, for Super Bowl XL. And the Steelers won it all, 21-10, over the Seattle Seahawks, at Ford Field.

Bettis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

“For me, academics, that was the pathway for a higher education,” Bettis said, according to Notre Dame. “But then I played football and that became my pathway. My parents were very matter of fact about where I went to college. I fell in love with Notre Dame and the rest is history.”


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