Pro Football Hall of Famer attends camp on Friday

Pro Football Hall of Famer attends camp on Friday



South Carolina had a number of big-time prospects on campus Friday for Day 4 of Shane Beamer Camp.

In addition to the big-time prospects that were on campus, the Gamecocks welcomed a Pro Football Hall of Famer to Columbia in NFL great Jerome Bettis.

The reason for Bettis being in town on Friday was to bring his son, Jerome Bettis Jr. to camp. Bettis Jr. is a 2025 wide receiver out of Atlanta, Ga. During camp, Bettis made a nice catch during the 1-on-1 portion of camp which drew the eye of the other campers and South Carolina wide receivers coach Justin Stepp.

Bettis, the six-time Pro Bowler and two-time first team All-Pro turned in a solid 13 seasons in the NFL. The former running back rushed for 13,662 yards and 91 rushing touchdowns. Bettis was also electric using his hands out of the backfield. He caught 200 passes for 1,459 yards and three touchdowns. His best season came in 1997 when he rushed for 1,665 yards on 375 carries. He also found the endzone seven times.

Prior to his long NFL career, Bettis starred for Notre Dame. Bettis entered the 1993 NFL Draft following his junior season and would be drafted with the No. 10 overall pick by the Rams.

In April 1996, Bettis was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would play for the Steelers for the rest of his career until he retired in 2006.

Bettis racked up many awards during his 13 seasons in the league. He won one Super Bowl during his career. He was the 1993 offensive rookie of the year. In 1996, he won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He was named the 2001 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro. In 1997, he was selected as a second-team All-Pro.

In addition to all of those accolades, he also six-time Pro Bowl selection and is a member of the Steelers Hall of Honor.

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