Baltimore Ravens: Jerome Bettis Picks Ravens for Hall of Fame Ceremony


The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that former running back Jerome Bettis will be honored on a Thursday night game on Oct. 1 just weeks after his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Why is this game important to us? Because Jerome Bettis personally picked the Baltimore Ravens to be the team in attendance for the ceremony, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

It is no secret about the rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers. The teams hate each other. The fan bases hate each other. The week leading up to the game is one of the most intense in football, full of trash talking and Some experts have dubbed the rivalry as the best in all of sports. Now add the fact that their Hall of Fame running back hand-picked this game and that just adds more fuel to the fire. You know the Ravens have taken notice.

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Bettis was a six-time Pro Bowler who played with the Steelers from 1996 to 2005. He finished with 13,662 yards over his 13-year career and ended his career in grand fashion with a Super Bowl XL win. His play against the Ravens was not Hall of Fame worthy, however. In 16 regular-season games against Baltimore, “The Bus” rushed for a mere 969 yards with just two touchdowns.

The Ravens have legitimate beef with how the schedule plays out once again this season. This is the second year in a row that Harbaugh will bring his team to Pittsburgh on a short week coming off a contest against another divisional opponent in the Cincinnati Bengals. Fortunate for Baltimore is that they have won six of the last nine meetings, including the last two Thursday night match ups against Pittsburgh. The Ravens beat the Steelers in their most recent matchup in the AFC Wild Card game last January, 30-17, ending the Steelers’ season.

The Ravens will inducted one of their own into their Ring of Honor when Ed Reed joins the elite class of Baltimore legends in a home game on Nov. 22 against the St. Louis Rams.

Let’s hope that when the game is done with the Steelers on Oct. 1, Bettis is tearing up like the picture above after another loss at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.

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