Bettis: 'If you can't endure pain, you can't play in the NFL'

Updated: September 4, 2007, 12:11 PM ET
By Jerome Bettis, with Gene Wojciechowski | Special to ESPN.com

In his just-released autobiography, "The Bus: My Life In and Out of a Helmet," future Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis describes the harsh physical realities of the NFL, and what it took to survive 13 seasons and eventually become the league's fifth all-time leading rusher and a Super Bowl champion.

During the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2000 season, Bettis rushed for 1,341 yards -- and did it despite playing with turf toe, a lump the size of a cue ball in his lower left leg, injured ribs and ...

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