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Steelers want to earn ring for Bettis before he retires

| Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005

One of the Steelers' unofficial goals this season has been to get running back Jerome Bettis into the Super Bowl in his hometown of Detroit and get him a ring before he retires.

From Bettis' perspective, he should have already won a title.

"No question," Bettis said. "I felt, a couple of those years, we had the best team, that was the sad part. All three years, I felt we had the better team (better than the three eventual Super Bowl winners)."

The Steelers have been to three AFC Championship Games since acquiring Bettis in April 1996 from St. Louis for a second-round pick in 1996 and a fourth-round pick in 1997.

  • They lost to Denver, 24-21, on Jan. 11, 1998, at Three Rivers Stadium (the Broncos went on to beat the Packers, 31-24, in Super Bowl XXXII).

  • They lost to New England, 24-17, on Jan. 27, 2002, at Heinz Field (the Patriots went on to beat the Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI).

  • They lost to New England, 41-27, on Jan. 23, 2005, at Heinz Field (the Patriots went on to beat the Eagles, 24-21, in Super Bowl XXXIX).

    "That's something you gotta live with," Bettis said. "It is what it is."

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