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Next stop for 'The Bus' is ESPN

8/21/2013

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis has joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. Known as "The Bus" during his 13-year NFL career, Bettis will appear on "NFL Live" and "SportsCenter" and contribute to other ESPN platforms, beginning Sept. 1.

I wonder if there will be any collisions in Bristol if Bettis crosses paths with Ray Lewis, who is also an ESPN analyst this year.

"I'm so excited to join ESPN and bring the same passion, knowledge, and leadership that helped me win a world championship when I was a player," Bettis said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to working with my new team to bring the game closer to home for all the fans to enjoy.”

Bettis has appeared as a guest on ESPN shows throughout the years, including the Super Bowl XLV edition of "Sunday NFL Countdown" in 2011 when the Steelers played the Packers. Bettis previously worked as an analyst for NBC Sports.

“Jerome is accomplished, knowledgeable and charismatic -- and he’s a very familiar face to NFL fans; he will be a great addition to our team of NFL analysts,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio programs.