Ted wrote about it last September, and today, on the eve of the Steelers-Packers Super Bowl, it became a reality: Jerome Bettis will not be a part of the Hall of Fame class of 2011. Center Dermontti Dawson, who has been eligible for the hall since 2005, also missed the cut.
If there’s a bright side (although I suspect Bussie and Dawson might have trouble seeing it at the moment), there’s this, from Ted’s original post:
Hopefully, [the Hall of Fame committee] will give Will Shields a similar, short-term shaft, which could allow for Dawson to sneak in with the 2012 class. That would make for a glorious honeymoon weekend if Bettis and Dawson are in the same Hall of Fame inductee class.
As the old saying goes: There’s always next year.
For now, though, it’s up to the Steelers to make this right by, you know, winning the Super Bowl by many, many touchdowns. I think Jerome and his big-ass Super Bowl ring would want it that way.