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VIDEO: Remembering When Jerome Bettis Manhandled the Entire Cardinals Defense in 1997

By David Hayes
Jerome Bettis went off for 142 yards and three touchdowns to help Pittsburgh defeat the Cardinals, 26-20, in this 1997 thriller.
Jerome Bettis went off for 142 yards and three touchdowns to help Pittsburgh defeat the Cardinals, 26-20, in this 1997 thriller. / YouTube/Itz Yinzburgh
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For an NFL franchise as storied and successful as the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are few players that symbolize the team's signature, hard-nosed style of play and dominance better than Jerome Bettis.

And he was well on his way to building that legacy in this 1997 performance against the Arizona Cardinals, when he carried the Steelers to the franchise's first win in Sun Devil Stadium.

Jerome Bettis Highlights 1997 Video

Bettis plowed through Cardinals' defenders all the way to 142 rushing yards and three touchdowns on a punishing 36 attempts. In fact, his longest rush of the day was just 14 yards, so it's safe to say he brought a lot of punishment on those 35 other carries.

After an exciting four quarters, the game came to a 20-20 tie at the end of regulation, but the Cardinals' D still hadn't seen the last of "The Bus" quite yet. Just five plays later, including three consecutive rushing attempts by The Bus, Bettis crashed through the Arizona line to ice the game, 26-20, with a 10-yard TD run.

This performance was only one of many outstanding showings by the future NFL Hall-of-Famer, but it's probably one that those Cardinals defenders still haven't forgotten.


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