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Winning for Bettis motivates Steelers

Getting Jerome Bettis to Super Bowl XL in his hometown was a driving force behind the Steelers' season.

Updated: January 29, 2006, 12:07 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Watching him shuffle slowly past the coaches' offices, across the black and gold carpeting, you can feel each and every one of the 13,662 yards on his thinning treads.

Jerome "The Bus" Bettis finally reaches the second-floor conference room at the Steelers' University of Pittsburgh Medical Center training facility and forces a weary smile. It is Thursday, four days before the 13-year running back arrives in Detroit to bask in overwhelming and universal adulation. He's nursing ...

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