Homecoming brings memories for Bettis family

Before Jerome Bettis became "The Bus," he was a star and member of the National Honor Society at Detroit's Mackenzie High.

Updated: January 29, 2006, 5:43 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Standing in the front yard of his boyhood home, a place he hasn't visited in more than a decade, John Bettis is in shock.

The big brother of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis steps over the broken glass and rusty nails -- avoiding a pair of stray dogs along the way -- and peeks through the doorway of their old bedroom. It looks like a bomb exploded. The drywall is gone, the insulation too, leaving nothing but fully exposed, fire-crusted studs on all four walls and the ...

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