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He was one of pro football’s most beloved and respected
stars, admired not only by NFL fans and his own teammates, but by his
opponents as well. Super Bowl champion; six time Pro Bowler; NFL
Comeback Player of the Year; NFL Man of the Year; fifth all-time leading
rusher in the NFL; future Hall of Famer; now NBC Sports
commentator.
You may think you know Jerome Bettis, but you
don’t.
In The Bus, Jerome Bettis tells his full,
unvarnished story for the first time--from his sometimes troubled
childhood in inner-city Detroit to his difficult transition at Notre
Dame, to a pro coach who almost caused him to quit the game, to a trade
for the ages that resulted in ten glorious seasons with the Pittsburgh
Steelers.
As a chunky child wearing glasses, Jerome’s only
sports-related aspiration was to become a professional bowler. But
growing up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Detroit, he
eventually found his escape on the high school football field, thanks to
the devotion of hard-working parents, a concerned coach, and his
prodigious talent. He arrived at Notre Dame as one of the nation’s
best prep players, but despite his incredible performances, he never
stopped worrying that he would somehow blow his chance to make good.
Drafted and later discarded by the Los Angeles Rams, it was in the
football-obsessed city of Pittsburgh that Jerome found his home and
became a legend.
The Bus captures the sweetness and
honesty of Bettis, but also details the jaw-dropping, violent nature of
the game he loved, the mind-boggling injuries he endured, and the
cut-throat NFL business tactics he overcame and later mastered. Through
it all, Jerome was also a loving son, an adoring father, and the
ultimate teammate and mentor.
The Bus not only takes you
under the helmet, but inside the huddle, the locker room, the practice
field, the negotiating table, the owner’s office, and the Super
Bowl sideline. You’ll learn how Bettis became The Bus, how he
helped engineer the greatest trade in Steelers history, how he almost
cost Pittsburgh a conference championship, and how sweet it was to
win—finally—one for the thumb.

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Reviews for The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet:

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Oct 20, 2013

I really enjoyed reading Jerome Bettis's account of his life, and not just because I'm a Steelers fan. The book was interesting and was a fun read. It starts with his childhood in Detroit, where he could have gotten himself into trouble (he was stealing things, selling them for a profit, and eventually selling drugs) if not for finding football in high school. There, he became a great linebacker and fullback with college scholarships from tons of places. Tennessee was on his short list, which I really enjoyed reading Jerome Bettis's account of his life, and not just because I'm a Steelers fan. The book was interesting and was a fun read. It starts with his childhood in Detroit, where he could have gotten himself into trouble (he was stealing things, selling them for a profit, and eventually selling drugs) if not for finding football in high school. There, he became a great linebacker and fullback with college scholarships from tons of places. Tennessee was on his short list, which was a surprise to me. As a UT fan and alum, I would have welcomed him in orange. Michigan thought they had him because he was an in-stater, but he chose Notre Dame because they gave him a chance to run the ball -- he thought he'd play linebacker at Michigan. By his junior year, it was apparent that he might be destined for the NFL, and after his senior season, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, where he proceeded to rush for over 1,400 yards his rookie year. For some reason, though, things soured for him there. They brought in a new coach who didn't like him, and by his third year, his numbers were down and the Rams just wanted to get rid of him. Fortunately, for him (and the Steelers) he signed with Pittsburgh and the rest is history. He played in the NFL 13 seasons, and with 13,662 yards, he finished as the fifth leading rusher in NFL history. He played in six Pro Bowls, was the NFL Man of the Year, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, had nine 1,000 seasons, and in his last year, he finally won his long desired Super Bowl in his hometown of Detroit, which is just a magical way to end a spectacular career. Bettis will be up for the Hall of Fame this year for the third time and it's an absolute CRIME that's he's not been voted in yet. I'm sure he will be, at some point, but why not yet? His career speaks for itself!

This book was all the more interesting because you get a lot of behind the scenes stories of him with coaches and players like Hines, Ben, and Troy, as well as linebackers Greg Lloyd and Joey Porter. You learn about the charities he set up and the good they've done. You read about his wife and daughter, as well as his much loved parents and brothers. Jerome is a good natured individual and really doesn't hold grudges, so it's a joy when he discusses other players and the respect he had for them. This is a lightweight book, and it's not very big, but it's a great read and it makes you feel good about Bettis and proud to be a Steelers fan. Recommended. ...more
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Jan 10, 2018

Jerome Bettis, a professional football player, is one of the authors of the biography My Life In and Out of A Helmet: The Bus. Gene Wojciechowshki is also a coauthor. Jeromes NFL nickname -The Bus- is due to his outstanding athletic abilities. Mr. Bettis shares with the audience that his career fully developed during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Throughout the writing he utilizes many personal experiences (text to world connection), and street vocabulary in effort to bring the reader Jerome Bettis, a professional football player, is one of the authors of the biography My Life In and Out of A Helmet: The Bus. Gene Wojciechowshki is also a coauthor. Jerome’s NFL nickname -“The Bus”- is due to his outstanding athletic abilities. Mr. Bettis shares with the audience that his career fully developed during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Throughout the writing he utilizes many personal experiences (text to world connection), and street vocabulary in effort to bring the reader closer to his life and NFL experiences. The book’s purpose is to inform the reader about his life leading up to and concluding his NFL career. Jerome further persuades the reader to live their lives as best as they possibly can.
The book opens when Jerome is born in Detroit, Michigan and continues by highlighting his lack of football knowledge. When Jerome sees his dad watching football he quickly settles in next to him. Once his dad starts explaining the game he immediately falls in love with it. When Jerome begins high school he commences his competitive football career. After he moves his talents to the University of Notre Dame, however has a difficult time due to conflicts with his coach. In hindsight, he realizes that his coach actually instilled strategies that he would use throughout his future NFL career.
At the end of Jerome’s college career in 1993, he moves on to the NFL where the St. Louis Rams (now called the Los Angeles Rams) draft him first round tenth pick. Later, the Rams trade him to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he gains a lot of popularity due to being the third leading rusher in the NFL and catching up to Steeler legend Barry Foster’s record. When Jerome retires he does not know what to do because his whole life revolves around football. “... Until then, I’m going to try to enjoy life without a helmet. After all those yards and all those hits, I think I’ve earned it” (Bettis 211).
The Bus’ career went through ups and downs and it was not until he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers that his career fully developed. As a Steeler, he became a star and didn’t want to let anyone down. He says, “I didn’t want to give the Steelers, my teammates, and coaches, or our fans any reason to say the team didn’t get their money’s worth out of me” (Bettis 100). Jerome was one person who would never give up on anything in his life. He faced many challenges that resulted in failure, but would not give up until he achieved success. Jerome was very passionate about football and he wanted to show everyone that he was. He used his success career with the Steelers to give back to his community through charity. He says, “One of the first things I did was become involved with local charities and establish some of my own charitable initiatives” (Bettis 102). Jerome felt as if he was not using his power to do the right, so he helped the community of Pittsburgh and felt a passion for it. This is a great example on how Jerome was a great person to everyone he met. Jerome’s career with Steelers helped change a life that started on the wrong side but ended up on the right.
Throughout the writing Jerome uses many text to world connections to illustrate how his life was not as different as the regular person. When Jerome was born he lived in a rough part of Detroit. He explains, “I lived in a ghetto. I didn’t realize it at the time because I was kid” (Bettis 13). Jerome uses text to world connections by introducing to the audience where he lived and what kind of place he lived in. Also, he uses the word “ghetto” to describe the area and what people called it. When Jerome was going through a bad time this resulted in him doing bad things. He says, “What I did--sell drugs, carry guns--was wrong, and if someone asked, I’d tell them to measure the consequences of their acts” (Bettis 31). Jerome illustrates how people who lived in bad neighborhoods did the same as him. This describes to the audience that other people around the word do these bad things. Overall, Jerome uses text to text connection to inform the reader how he is like a lot of other people.
Jerome uses vocabulary that the audience does not hear as often in books. When Jerome talks about his earlier life. He says, “Guns? We had them. Handguns, rifles, whatever. I held them all” (Bettis 30). The vocabulary Jerome uses is very uncommon especially when it is a personal experience. This quote illustrates how Jerome would have to do whatever he could to survive. Jerome describes the ghetto and what it is like there. He says, “It’s hard to explain the mentality of a ghetto, mostly because it’s hard for a lot of people to truly understand what it’s like there” (Bettis 30). Jerome explains the ghetto by telling the author and, thus, the reader that he had guns so that we can get a picture of how bad it really was.
The book’s purpose is to inform the reader about his life leading up to and concluding his NFL career. Jerome further persuades the reader to live life the best they possibly can. Audiences who like sports or like to read about famous people’s lives will enjoy this book and it is an easy read because of the attention to detail and illustrative personal experiences.
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May 16, 2017

Jerome Bettis autobiography, written with the help of Gene Wojciechowski, is an interesting book to read. They describe Bettis life from some of his earliest memories all the way through his career as a professional football player in the National Football League. He is able to engage the average American readers with the content and style of the written and not just avid steeler fans. The book is written as though you, the reader, is actually sitting down with The Bus and hearing the man tell Jerome Bettis autobiography, written with the help of Gene Wojciechowski, is an interesting book to read. They describe Bettis’ life from some of his earliest memories all the way through his career as a professional football player in the National Football League. He is able to engage the average American readers with the content and style of the written and not just avid steeler fans. The book is written as though you, the reader, is actually sitting down with “The Bus” and hearing the man tell the stories. His person accounts of what it is like to grow up in the ghettos of Detroit and being able to move on the become one of the most successful backs in the National Football League, and top that with the honesty that Bettis seems to show throughout the book make this book a very relevant story today. The book is also structure in a very interesting way, it is broken down into the normal chapter structure but it also is broken into quarters. The quarters are not quarters of the book, but rather different parts of his life. Each new quarter is a new part of his life. This is a fun way to break away from the traditional mold of a book and help the readers understand that something is about to change in each section. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a way to pass the time or in need of some light entertainment. ...more
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Feb 28, 2020

I would rate this book a 4/5. I already know who Jerome Bettis is, but i knew nothing about his childhood. He grew up in Detroit in a bad area. His parents cared alot about him and would do anything to make sure their kids had a good childhood. They went to private school, and the parents enforced good behavior. At a young age though, Jerome starts stealing things from Walmart for profit, and eventually moves up to selling drugs with his friends. The book talks about how he didn't even start I would rate this book a 4/5. I already know who Jerome Bettis is, but i knew nothing about his childhood. He grew up in Detroit in a bad area. His parents cared alot about him and would do anything to make sure their kids had a good childhood. They went to private school, and the parents enforced good behavior. At a young age though, Jerome starts stealing things from Walmart for profit, and eventually moves up to selling drugs with his friends. The book talks about how he didn't even start playing football until he was in high school. He gets scholarships from big schools like Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. He goes with Notre Dame and is a standout. The book then goes through his years as a NFL player. He talks about how he has kids and all that stuff. The book goes very in depth and i really liked it. ...more
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May 18, 2017

4 stars if you like to read FB books. 3 stars for its place among them. So so read. I like Jerome Bettis and was just wanting to WAX nostalgic.
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Dec 02, 2014

The Bus: My Life In and Out of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis is an autobiography depicting the troubled childhood of an insecure boy, who later turns his life around to become one of the greatest running backs in football history. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jerome Bettis grew up in the tough inner-city. There, he failed to overcome many obstacles he encountered early in his life. He started by stealing gum from Walmart and selling the gum for profit. This later turned into selling guns and drugs. If The Bus: My Life In and Out of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis is an autobiography depicting the troubled childhood of an insecure boy, who later turns his life around to become one of the greatest running backs in football history. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jerome Bettis grew up in the tough inner-city. There, he failed to overcome many obstacles he encountered early in his life. He started by stealing gum from Walmart and selling the gum for profit. This later turned into selling guns and drugs. If it was not for football, Jerome Bettis would have never found anything to do with his life. His career began in high school where he was a high prospect playing at the positions of fullback and linebacker. Jerome was offered scholarships from many colleges. Most thought he would end up going to Michigan or Tennessee, but he surprisingly committed to play football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. At Notre Dame, he could run the ball, whereas at Michigan and Tennessee he would be playing linebacker. It was apparent in his junior year of college that he would be going to the NFL. After his senior year, Jerome Bettis was drafted to the Los Angeles Rams. He had an incredible rookie season rushing for over 1,400 yards, but Jerome’s numbers went down the next couple of years. It was clear that he needed a change of scenery. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the rest is history. On the Steelers, he was a 6 time pro bowler and a super bowl champion. Not to mention he won this super bowl in his hometown of Detroit. The author’s central idea is that hard work and determination can turn one’s life around. Jerome Bettis started his life as a thug selling drugs, but turned his life around to become a future Hall of Famer and a widely respected human being.

This was definitely one of my favorite books I have read so far this year. Yes, it is partly because I am a huge Steeler fan, but that aside this was a very interesting story of Jerome “The Bus” Bettis’s life behind football. I would have never guessed that he had such a troubled past, because he is such a great man today. The author uses conflict when a rare mistake is made by Jerome Bettis in the AFC Championship. “I don’t believe I just fumbled the football. I cannot believe I just fumbled the football” (9). The sad and depressing tone of Jerome’s voice clearly shows that he has made a mistake. Not only is it a bad mistake to make, but it occurred on the goal line in the AFC Championship. This crushes Jerome because he knows that the Indianapolis Colts could win the game because of his fumble, and end his career without a super bowl. The reader also sees resolution when the Steelers finally won the super bowl after Ben Roethlisberger promised it to Jerome the year before. “One of the best moments of my life came when they handed me the Lombardi Trophy (198).” The Lombardi Trophy is given every year to the super bowl champions. It is a tradition to kiss the trophy once it is handed to a player or coach. After 12 years of losing, and coming so close to a super bowl victory, Jerome “The Bus” Bettis finally won it. The last game he ever played was a super bowl victory. Every time Jerome had a setback, he could not be stopped, whether it be on the field or off the field he was always an overpowering force. This is why he is called The Bus.
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Jan 29, 2016

The Bus: My life in and out of a Helmet is a auto-biography written by Jerome Bettis, a former NFL player and Hall of Famer, with the help of Gene Wojciechowski (an ESPN sports writer). Bettis, the NFL's 5th all-time leading rusher and Super Bowl XL Champion, describes his life from his early struggles growing up in Detroit to play football all the way up to the National Football League.

Growing up, Bettis was a nerdy kid in school and preferred bowling over any other sport. He grew up in one of The Bus: My life in and out of a Helmet is a auto-biography written by Jerome Bettis, a former NFL player and Hall of Famer, with the help of Gene Wojciechowski (an ESPN sports writer). Bettis, the NFL's 5th all-time leading rusher and Super Bowl XL Champion, describes his life from his early struggles growing up in Detroit to play football all the way up to the National Football League.

Growing up, Bettis was a nerdy kid in school and preferred bowling over any other sport. He grew up in one of the roughest, most crime-filled neighbors in Detroit, Michigan. As he entered high school, Bettis tried out and made the football team, but was also at the time running with neighborhood gangs that sold illegal drugs and weapons. In the book, Bettis credits his end of being a gang member to his football coach for shaping him up and believing in him. His cease of running with the gang was also caused by the mental and emotional shock he had after seeing a beloved friend be shot and killed. Bettis' new love was playing football. He was a highly recruited athlete in high school and then went on to play at the University of Norte Dame for the Fighting Irish. Bettis college career only lasted 3 years when he then decided to turn pro and enter the NFL Draft in 1993. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams which moved to St.Louis in after the 1994 season (now back to the Los Angeles Rams). In 1996, after spending 3 years with the Rams, Bettis was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He then spent 10 years in the Steel City where he finished with over 13,000 rushing yards, 91 rushing touchdowns, played in 6 Pro Bowls, earned 2 First team all pro, and was a Super Bowl XL Champion. Bettis was then inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2015.

As a kid growing up in a small town, I had no idea of the struggles other kids had in big cities like Detroit. The first time I read this book, it really hit me that I had a great life compared to others. Bettis describes how he and his brother had to deal drugs such as cocaine just to make ends meets with parents that were not very supportive early on. I can't even imagine the struggle and suffering he and his siblings went through yet in this book, he describes it very well. This book also is understandable to me as I have played football and understand the lingo and effort it takes. But for Bettis to go from the mean streets of Detroit to a great college and football career is truly inspiring.

What I most enjoyed about this book was the the descriptions of all he went through from early age to pro football player. Bettis with the help of Wojciechowski makes the reader feel what he was feeling and like the reader was there in that situation. Bettis describes his life in a 1st-person view which gives the reader a realistic look into his own life. This makes the book not only easy to understand but very easy to enjoy.

I believe that athletes of all types should read this book not just people who play/like football. This book will make the reader realize that anything is possible if you work-hard enough and not to take anything for granted like their athletic ability/knowledge. Also this book is very inspiring and could inspire another Jerome Bettis like life. ...more
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Apr 04, 2013

David Huber
Ms. Emmett
Academic English 10
April 5, 2013

Jerome Bettis is the ultimate NFL hero of both children and adults. Bettis is best known by his nickname, The Bus. Opponents respected him, teammates admired him and fans adored him. For the city of Pittsburgh, he was the heart and soul of their much-loved football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers. When he finished his career in Pittsburgh, he went out in glory, winning Super Bowl XL. But Bettis life wasnt all success and trophies. In The Bus: David Huber
Ms. Emmett
Academic English 10
April 5, 2013

Jerome Bettis is the ultimate NFL hero of both children and adults. Bettis is best known by his nickname, “The Bus”. Opponents respected him, teammates admired him and fans adored him. For the city of Pittsburgh, he was the heart and soul of their much-loved football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers. When he finished his career in Pittsburgh, he went out in glory, winning Super Bowl XL. But Bettis’ life wasn’t all success and trophies. In The Bus: My Life in and Out of a Helmet, Bettis opens up about his path to success; the obstacles he faced; and choices he made that he wished he could go back and change. Growing up in a tough part of inner-city Detroit, Bettis did what he could to survive. The trouble started when he was in 5th grade. He would steal gum from Wal-Mart and then sell it for a profit on the street. Eventually, his “business” went from gum to guns and drugs. Finally, Bettis turns his life around when he finds success in football. First, at Notre Dame and then in the NFL.

There are many lessons to be learned in the pages of The Bus: My Life in and Out of a Helmet. Determination and hard work are at the top of the list. Without determination and hard work, Jerome Bettis would probably have ended up staying in the tough inner-city town he grew up in. Never making anything of himself. Never breaking free from the drugs and corruption. Honesty is also another big lesson that can be taken away from this book. Jerome Bettis retired from the NFL a hero. He did not have to tell the honest tale of his troubled past. He ran the risk of damaging his reputation. But he felt it was more important to be honest to the younger generation. To show them that everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has things in their past that they are not proud of. But if you chose to make a change, to live a better life, then that is what matters in the end. His honesty gives kids the hope that any obstacle can be overcome. Life is about hard work, honesty and good choices. Bettis teaches us through his life that those three things can be a recipe for success. A recipe for success both on and off the field.

I would recommend this book to my peers because it is full of stories that take us right into the life of Jerome Bettis. There are funny locker-room stories; emotional stories between Bettis and his coach; and stories from the sidelines of some of the biggest games in Pittsburgh Steelers’ history. I also recommend this book to find out where the nickname “The Bus” came from. Hint: it did not come from a family member, teammate or coach. Read the book and you’ll find out.
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Oct 17, 2013

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The story The Bus is a great book to read if you are interested in the Steelers. It starts of by talking about Jeromes life as a kid and how he grows up in a not so nice part of Detroit, Michigan. Later in the story he goes on to middle school and plays bowling pretty much every single Saturday night.
After his middle school career of bowling he goes in to high school, where he is introduced to the idea of playing football. He started high school football as a linebacker and was The Bus Review

The story “The Bus” is a great book to read if you are interested in the Steelers. It starts of by talking about Jerome’s life as a kid and how he grows up in a not so nice part of Detroit, Michigan. Later in the story he goes on to middle school and plays bowling pretty much every single Saturday night.
After his middle school career of bowling he goes in to high school, where he is introduced to the idea of playing football. He started high school football as a linebacker and was pretty good. The next year he played football as a fullback.
After high school football he decided to go to Notre Dame and played college football. He played three year for Notre Dame as a tailback and decided to go to the NFL. So he signed up for the NFL and landed on the Rams team. He received a 5 year contract of 4.65 million dollars. He played for the Rams for about two years and the Rams fans did not like him at all they booed him when he came on the Field and they booed him walking off the field.
The Rams then traded him to the Steelers where he played as a fullback. He trained with the Steelers and got used to their system. He ended up winning the Super Bowl with the Steelers. After the game he went to the Jimmy Kimmel Show with his parents. That took so long that when he returned to the locker room to get all of his stuff there was only one player left in the locker room. Right before he was about to leave the locker room he turned around to have one last look at the place because he was retiring. He looked at the locker room and literally waved good-bye and then left.
If you took interest in the summary then I advise you to read this book. If you are looking for an easy read or you are just looking to read an interesting book. I recommend this book.
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Mar 30, 2015

Jerome Bettis is living proof of the saying what does not kill you makes you stronger. The Bus: My Life In and Out Of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis is Jerome Bettis' biography. This book tells how The Bus was once just another boy living in Detroit. This book also tells all of the obsticles that Jerome had to not pass through, but truck through on his way from the very bottom to the top.
Jerome Bettis was well known for the beating that he took while becoming one of the best power running backs to Jerome Bettis is living proof of the saying what does not kill you makes you stronger. The Bus: My Life In and Out Of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis is Jerome Bettis' biography. This book tells how The Bus was once just another boy living in Detroit. This book also tells all of the obsticles that Jerome had to not pass through, but truck through on his way from the very bottom to the top.
Jerome Bettis was well known for the beating that he took while becoming one of the best power running backs to ever play the sport of football, but what he is not as well known for is the beating that he received when he was a kid growing up in Detroit and having to deal with gangs. Although he took a beating in both of these examples the people trying to beat him were the ones who really received the worst of the beating. Jerome would truck through anyone in his path which lead him to finally play in a super bowl at the end of his last season in the NFL. When Jerome had finally fulfilled his dream to win a Super Bowl he screamed "We shocked the world!". After that moment, Jerome's fabled Cinderella story had been completed. Jerome Bettis has always been one of my favorite players of all time and yet before reading this book, I had no idea on how much he overcame to make it to where he is right now. This book proved to me that anyone can accomplish anything. I really liked how this book went thoroughly into Jerome's back story because i was very interesting and something that most people do not know about him. I would recomend this to anyone who likes Jerome Bettis and wants to know a little more about him.
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Apr 11, 2012

Jerome Bettis A.K.A. The Bus is well known for his exploits on the field as a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is admired around the league and by fans around the world not only for his football accomplishments but also for his charitable work. In this book we get to see the man behind the helmet. Jerome Bettis gives the reader a brief history of his life from his days growing up in a tough Detroit neighborhood down through his career in the NFL with the Steelers.

In this book Jerome Jerome Bettis A.K.A. “The Bus” is well known for his exploits on the field as a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is admired around the league and by fans around the world not only for his football accomplishments but also for his charitable work. In this book we get to see the man behind the helmet. Jerome Bettis gives the reader a brief history of his life from his days growing up in a tough Detroit neighborhood down through his career in the NFL with the Steelers.

In this book Jerome is very candid about the mistakes he made in his life, from shoplifting to drug dealing, but he doesn’t make excuses for his actions. He puts those things out there so the reader will understand where he has come from. He also wants his readers to understand that he recognized the need to change his way of life because he knew it would lead him down a path of incarceration or even death.

For readers who are more interested in football Jerome succinctly details his career on the field and behind the scenes. He chronicles his career from his decision to play for Notre Dame University and Coach Lou Holtz, why the St. Louis Rams traded him, and what made him come back for one more year to play in Super Bowl XL. Jerome talks about wins, losses, injuries (when they happened and when they were reported) and even candidly describes his disagreements with coaches and ownership.

In a sports landscape full of felons, cheaters, and selfish players Jerome Bettis is a breath of fresh air, and now you can see just why people love “The Bus”. ...more
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Nov 20, 2012

The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis
215 Pages
Autobiography

Jerome Bettis is one of football's best running backs He is a Super Bowl Champion, NFL Man of the Year, and an NBC Sports commentator. He is from Detroit and lived in the "Hood". He always wanted to be a pro bowler until he went to high school. He started to play football in high school and loved it ever since. He went to college at Notre Dame and was a running back with the number 6. When he went to the draft the Rams The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis
215 Pages
Autobiography

Jerome Bettis is one of football's best running backs He is a Super Bowl Champion, NFL Man of the Year, and an NBC Sports commentator. He is from Detroit and lived in the "Hood". He always wanted to be a pro bowler until he went to high school. He started to play football in high school and loved it ever since. He went to college at Notre Dame and was a running back with the number 6. When he went to the draft the Rams drafted him but that didn't work out so he went to the Steelers. He never won a super bowl with them so he was thinking of retiring but there whole team said that they would give him one more year. They did and they won the Super Bowl 21-10 versing the Seahawks.

I think this book is really good. If I were him during the time when he left the Rams I would have switched to. I like this book because Jerome Bettis is my favorite player and he is a very interesting man. This book isn't just on the football field but it's also off the field, on the field and every thing in between. When he retired I would have to, in his situation because he was hurt and they just won the super bowl. I would want to leave on a good note to. I give this book a 10 out of 10 because it's really good and it's about football. ...more
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Aug 24, 2015

The book "The Bus" by Jerome Bettis is a really great book! It is an autobiography about Jerome Bettis. He has had a crazy life! If you don't know who he is, he is one of the greatest running backs of all time. He was on the Pittsburgh Steelers and was recently added into the Hall of Fame so I thought it would be a good time to read about him. I personally like how he tells his whole life, and how he learns from the many mistakes he made in his childhood. I definitely think that "The Bus" is a The book "The Bus" by Jerome Bettis is a really great book! It is an autobiography about Jerome Bettis. He has had a crazy life! If you don't know who he is, he is one of the greatest running backs of all time. He was on the Pittsburgh Steelers and was recently added into the Hall of Fame so I thought it would be a good time to read about him. I personally like how he tells his whole life, and how he learns from the many mistakes he made in his childhood. I definitely think that "The Bus" is a fantastic book.

In the book, Jerome tells about what it was like growing up in Detroit. As a kid, he says he lived in the 'hood and got in a lot of life changing trouble. He was a natural at football though. He was the 10th overall draft pick in the NFL draft. Jerome was also the rookie of the year! Jerome changed the way of running the football. Instead of juking and spinning, Jerome just runs right over people. Thats why his nickname is, "The Bus."

I think that mostly boys of any ages would like this book. Obviously if your a Steelers or Rams fan, you should want to read this book. I enjoyed this book so much and I hope this review will convince another steelers fan to read this book. ...more
5

Dec 19, 2016

"The Bus: My life in and out of a Helmet" is a very good book to read whether you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers or not. Jerome Bettis, former Steelers Hall of fame running back writes this book in first person. I enjoy the feeling that he is having a conversation with you about his football and non football career rather than it feeling like you're just reading a long book about football. The way he writes it really brings you into the book and makes you feel close to him. Me being "The Bus: My life in and out of a Helmet" is a very good book to read whether you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers or not. Jerome Bettis, former Steelers Hall of fame running back writes this book in first person. I enjoy the feeling that he is having a conversation with you about his football and non football career rather than it feeling like you're just reading a long book about football. The way he writes it really brings you into the book and makes you feel close to him. Me being Steelers fan and living through the amazing 2006 season, it was cool to kind of relive the experience through a players point of view. Bettis goes in depth on the playoff run, specifically the AFC game against the Colts, when he fumbled on the 2 yard line and thought his career was over. You could feel the sadness he had when he wrote about this part, and then you could feel the happiness when he talks about the Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt missing the go ahead field goal as time expired after the Colts recovered his fumble. I would call this book a must read if you're a Steelers fan because you get closer to Jerome Bettis, and get a different perspective of many great Steelers moments. ...more
4

Oct 26, 2011

The Bus:My life in and out of a Helmet, by Jerome Bettis, is a tremendous autobiography. It has very interesting stories from Jeromes early life. His candy selling racket at school, and his transformers shop lifting obsession. I learned many interesting things about Jerome, who i had thought to be a very upstanding citizen. He grew up in hardcore Detroit, where he sold crack and lead a double life from the goody two shoes life he lead at his home. Jerome, one of the top NFL running backs of all The Bus:My life in and out of a Helmet, by Jerome Bettis, is a tremendous autobiography. It has very interesting stories from Jeromes early life. His candy selling racket at school, and his transformers shop lifting obsession. I learned many interesting things about Jerome, who i had thought to be a very upstanding citizen. He grew up in hardcore Detroit, where he sold crack and lead a double life from the goody two shoes life he lead at his home. Jerome, one of the top NFL running backs of all time, did not start playing football until his junior year in high school. Until then, his top sport was BOWLING. This book is well written, and is easy to follow. If you are an autobiography fan, i recommend reading this selection. ...more
4

Oct 28, 2011

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a heartwarming story about a black guy. This black guy is Jerome Bettis. Bettis grew up on the streets of Detroit and had a troubled childhood and became an NFL icon. Despite the success he had on the field, he was still a loved and respected player around the league and was a fan favorite. Football wasn't even his first love but, still became a star @ it. Bettis even started his own foundation "The Bus Stops Here." During his NFL career he prospered and won his only Super Bowl in his This is a heartwarming story about a black guy. This black guy is Jerome Bettis. Bettis grew up on the streets of Detroit and had a troubled childhood and became an NFL icon. Despite the success he had on the field, he was still a loved and respected player around the league and was a fan favorite. Football wasn't even his first love but, still became a star @ it. Bettis even started his own foundation "The Bus Stops Here." During his NFL career he prospered and won his only Super Bowl in his last game and overcame his own doubt of winning one and prospered and overcame adversity. ...more
4

Nov 25, 2013

The Bus was a very good book. There were parts of it that went a little bit slow. Especially in the beginning when the main character, future hall of famer Jerome Bettis is growing up. I liked how he started with part of the end. "Here's the give to Jerome. He has it and-oh no! he fumbled the football." This hints at the end when Bettis wins the super bowl in his hometown of of Detroit. I like how he doesn't give away what happens in the end by cutting the story short. The end of this book was The Bus was a very good book. There were parts of it that went a little bit slow. Especially in the beginning when the main character, future hall of famer Jerome Bettis is growing up. I liked how he started with part of the end. "Here's the give to Jerome. He has it and-oh no! he fumbled the football." This hints at the end when Bettis wins the super bowl in his hometown of of Detroit. I like how he doesn't give away what happens in the end by cutting the story short. The end of this book was very happy. I enjoyed this part because for most of the depressing story the ball can never seem to bounce Jerome's way. Overall this was a very enjoyable book to read and was a heartwarming story about overcoming challenges in life. ...more
4

Dec 09, 2007

If you are a Bettis fan or a Steeler fan or just a football fan then you will enjoy reading this. Bettis gives you a look into his life and a little insight into the Steeler organization and college football. Sometimes it is a little self serving but Bettis is genuinely sincere as he talks about some rather questionable decisions in his quest for a super bowl ring. He is most sincere when he talks about his charity work.
5

Nov 06, 2007

This was a great read, and provided more detail than the Bus's last SuperBowl memoir. This book was awesome, because it described the Bus's whole career, and not just one season. Since Bettis is my all-time favorite Running Back, and he played for the Steelers, this was one book that I couldn't put down. I also loved reading what Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, and Willie Parker had to say about him.
4

Mar 09, 2013

I checked this book out of the library when I came across it. Already had respect for Jerome Bettis but hearing his story of how he pushed himself and came about to make strong decisions via mentorship really made it evident that having the right people around you can take you places. I learned a lot of behind-the-scenes of the Steelers and NFL, as well as how the mind can push the body to pass it's "limitations". Great read!
4

Dec 28, 2009

i read this book w/my 11 year old son who is a steelers fan. he had to read a biography for a school book report. i found it very enjoyable and inspirational and my son, who doesn't like to read at all, enjoyed it also. it is a very inspirational book and i wish all kids would have as much drive as jerome did!
4

Jan 23, 2008

I'm not really into football but being from Pittsburgh, how can I not read this book? Reading the book i felt that it was more narrative than anything else, which is a good thing for a sports bio. Bettis comes across as the selfless man we all know him to be and is honest to fault about his life and his career.
3

Dec 22, 2013

I enjoyed this book because I am a Bettis fan and a Steelers fan and it was fun to relive some of the memories of his career and the road to winning Super Bowl XL. The writing quality was so-so. Jerome is not the best author in the world. At the end of the day, the book was OK.
3

Feb 07, 2008

This book was pretty much as I expected. It is a chronological story of a jock's life, and inner city kid making it in the NFL. Non the less, and enjoyable easy read, and interesting for Steelers fans to relive the Superbowl victory. I also liked hearing the story from the players perspective.
4

Oct 15, 2007

I like Jerome even more after reading his book. He is honest, funny and very down to earth.
The football talk it a bit confusing but the lessons and messages were clear. What a great human being Jerome is.

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