Channel 11 Sports Director Alby Oxenreiter reported early Saturday evening that sources close to the situation told him former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was informed that he had not been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The information was later confirmed when the list of inductees was released.
This was the fourth year of Bettis' eligibility. He has been a finalist every time.
A big but agile runner, "The Bus" gained more yards for the Steelers than anyone other than Franco Harris.
Bettis is the sixth leading rusher in NFL history. He ran for 13,662 yards for the Rams and Steelers, with most -- 10,571 yards -- coming with the Steelers from 1996 to 2005. He had eight career 1,000-yard seasons.
Bettis retired after the Steelers won the Super Bowl in his hometown of Detroit during the 2005 season.
Also not selected were ex-Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene, who is third all-time in sacks, and former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy, a former Steelers player and defensive coordinator.
Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.