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The Steelers were in need of a running back because Bam Morris, their power running back for the 19 seasons, was arrested in March 1996 for marijuana possession.
The Steelers traded for Bettis on the day of the 1996 NFL Draft.
During his tenure at Notre Dame, it was announced on national television that Jerome was the first player besides Raghib "Rocket" Ismail allowed by then coach Lou Holtz to tape his shoes and ankles outside his cleats.
He skipped his senior year at Notre Dame to enter the 1993 NFL Draft.
Morris eventually pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and was cut by the team in June 1996, leaving Bettis as the featured back.
In his first season in Pittsburgh, Bettis rushed for a then career-high 1,431 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named to his second 1st team All-Pro team.
In 1997, Bettis rushed for a career-best 1,665 yards in the team's first 15 games.
He returned to Notre Dame in 1996 when he was having a dispute with the St. He took courses in "history, philosophy, marketing and business" totalling a heavy 18 credit class load.
Bettis was picked in the first round (10th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
Bettis is seventh on the list of NFL rushing yards leaders.
He retired in 2006 after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in his native Detroit, Michigan, beating the Seattle Seahawks.