PITTSBURGH - Seven weeks ago in Canton, Ohio, former Steelers player Jerome Bettis was given his gold jacket and his bust. On Thursday night, on his home turf, he was presented with his Hall of Fame ring.
"This night is really special because it's not really about me so much, and it's about me celebrating this moment with the fans,” Bettis said.
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Bettis was presented with his Hall of Fame ring during halftime of the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.
"The fans have been behind me since day one. The first day I came here and put on the Steelers uniform I was taken in by the city’s fan base, and a love affair hasn't stopped yet, so this is an opportunity for me to say, ‘Thank you,’” Bettis said.
Executives from the Pro Football Hall of Fame were on hand to present Bettis with his ring.
"It's a great night to share with the fans. When we were in Canton, fans came there with all those terrible towels. To come back here, it's the last of the three iconic symbols of getting elected to the Hall of Fame: the bronze bust, the gold jacket and the Hall of Fame ring,” Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Vice President Joe Horrigan said.
Bettis now has two rings: a championship ring from Super Bowl 40 and a Hall of Fame ring.
"It's a ring that represents a career of excellence and you have to have that career, and he certainly had an excellent one,” Horrigan said.
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