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By Alan Robinson
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 7:46 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Jerome Bettis will learn Saturday if the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have a Bus lane.

Bettis, the former Steelers running back, is the only member of the NFL's all-time Top 10 rushing list not enshrined in Canton. He was eligible the last two seasons but was passed over as Marshall Faulk was chosen in 2011 and Curtis Martin made it last season.

Bettis and former Steelers outside linebacker Kevin Greene are among 15 modern-era finalists. As few as four or as many as seven could be chosen by the Hall of Fame selection committee.

Just call it the biggest third-down run of Bettis' career.

Never saw it

Mitch Ross, the man who alleges he gave a deer antler extract that contained a substance banned by the NFL to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, held an impromptu news conference outside the Super Bowl media center Friday. Holding up a bottle of the deer antler spray and other pills he said could aid a player's performance, Ross said he never actually saw Lewis use the spray. Lewis has denied using the spray.

“I never saw him put it in his mouth,” said Ross, who owns a business called Sports With Alternatives to Steroids. “I want to apologize to any athletes this hurt.”

Almost a family affair

John and Jim Harbaugh on the same coaching staff? It nearly happened at Stanford, and, according to big brother John, it could happen someday.

Not just now, as John Harbaugh coaches the Ravens and Jim Harbaugh leads the 49ers into the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

“We've had that conversation in the past,” John Harbaugh said during a joint news conference Friday. “It never really worked out time-wise. I'd love to work for Jim. It would be the greatest thing in the world.”

Rooney back home

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney's Super Bowl visit is over. He was in New Orleans earlier this week to attend some events but has returned to Pittsburgh, according to team officials.

Wannstedt hired by Bucs

Former Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt is expected to be hired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' special teams coordinator. He spent the last two seasons as the linebackers coach and assistant head coach under Bills coach Chan Gailey, who was fired after the season ended.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano coached against Wannstedt while at Rutgers, and Schiano was on the staff when Wannstedt was the Bears' coach.

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