2.02.2010

Jerome Bettis, 1994 Fleer Pro-Vision (Super Bowl Week No. 3)

Name: Jerome Bettis
Team: Los Angeles Rams
Position: Running back
Value of card: 12 pounds of rock
Key Super Bowl stat: 413 head-butts
Butt ... why? The 1994 Los Angeles Rams were a team in chaos. Orange County was mired in a recession, making it hard for a mediocre team to entice fans to buy tickets. Amid much criticism and Southern California whining, owner Georgia Frontiere worked out a deal to move the team to St. Louis.
"But how do we get there?" Butt and ram: Frontiere had everything set for the move from the West Coast to the heart of Middle America, except for a way to get there. Protesters were blocking the team complex gates and moving companies refused to upset customers who were part of the fan base. Enter Jerome Bettis. The Notre Dame alumnus had thighs the size of Port-O-Potties and a penchant for running into things, such as Port-O-Potties. He also had horns, which made him even harder to tackle. Frontiere persuaded Bettis to lead the team from the complex across the nation and into St. Louis. He took on the challenge, first head-butting protesters, then vehicles on freeways, then buildings that were in the way, and then naturally occurring land masses. Whatever got in his way, he ran into head-first, leaving a path of pulverization in his wake. Bettis's horns and head-butts paved the way to St. Louis, thus paving the way to the Rams' 1999 Super Bowl victory and his own Super Bowl success with the Steelers.

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