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Personality Test: Jerome 'The Bus' Bettis

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Steelers running back Jerome Bettis fumbles against the Colts in a divisional playoff game Jan. 15, 2006, in Indianapolis.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Steelers' Troy Polamalu plays against the Browns at Heinz Field Dec. 2012.

Already a Hall of Famer in the hearts of Pittsburgh Steeler fans, Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, powered by that seemingly ever-present smile, rolls on with his life's work.

The Super Bowl champion running back, one of the best of all time in the National Football League, now does his impressive scoring off the field.

A Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recipient, granted to the player who demonstrates outstanding contributions to society while handling himself in an exemplary fashion in uniform, Bettis remains an advocate for asthma education and awareness and his The Bus Stops Here Foundation, which he founded in 1996, works to help improve the quality of life for disadvantaged and underprivileged children.

He has kept his eye on the ball by sharing his observations as an analyst for ESPN, and he is returning for a ninth season Sept. 6 to “The Jerome Bettis Show” on WPXI-TV with Bill Phillips.

His business presence in Pittsburgh includes his popular Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 next to Heinz Field, commercials for S&T Bank and three local Papa John's franchises.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:

Anthony Anderson, because we look alike

Childhood hero:

My father. I saw him work two jobs and never complain. He was Superman.

Pick one:

A. Go-Gos

B. Goo Goo Dolls

C. Lady Gaga

D. Yo Gabba Gabba

Lady Gaga

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:

The posters of automobiles from my bedroom

Favorite brunch food:


The superpower I wish I had in real life:

I wish I could fly, because it would be the coolest thing in the world.

My favorite reality show:

Don't watch reality TV

Something I would do over:

The fumble in the divisional playoff against the Colts

I can't live without my iPod, cellphone, DVR or laptop:


App that I wish I could invent:

Wish I could've invented Twitter

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports


My quirkiest inherited trait:

When I watch a movie, I'm stuck to it and can't turn it off.

Top thing on my bucket list to do before I'm gone:

Play the Top 10 golf courses in America

Three people I'd love to have dinner with:

John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jesus Christ

Celebrity crush:

Alicia Keys

Favorite guilty pleasure:

Ice cream

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

Grilled cheese with bacon

One word my mother would use to describe me:


I'm deathly afraid of:

Roller coasters

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

Just like my dad

Favorite lunchtime spot:

Jerome Bettis Grille 36, of course!

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Troy Polamalu

If I had not been a football player, I would have been:

An electrical engineer

The first band I saw in concert:

Whodini and Run DMC — back in the day

Best new gadget I've tried recently:

iPad Mini

The oldest thing in my refrigerator:


Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

The Point

My most treasured fashion accessory:

Super Bowl XL ring

People would be surprised to know that I:

Wore glasses in middle school until I was 14

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:

The people

My childhood nickname:


TV marathon I could watch all day:

“American Pickers”

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