Jerome Bettis Owns Brian Urlacher
Rarely can a Hall of Fame career be summed up in a single play. But needing a win to keep Pittsburgh's playoff hopes alive in blizzard conditions, Jerome Bettis delivers such a play in a collision that symbolizes not only his great 13-year career, but a generation of smashmouth football in Pittsburgh.
As Bettis takes the handoff, All-Pro LB Brian Urlacher stands his ground inside the 5-yd line and braces himself to meet the hard-charging running back. Free safety Michael Green hits Bettis first and immediately crumbles harmlessly to the ground.
Then, all 260-pounds of Bettis smashes into Urlacher head on... and keeps right on going. Urlacher hangs on as the Bus runs over/through him, but Bettis simply drags him along as he powers into the end zone.
Bettis finishes the day with 101 yds on 17 carries and 2 TDs, and while this game marks the final 100-yd performance of Bettis' career, it also marks the beginning of Pittsburgh's amazing 8-game winning streak en route to their 5th Lombardi Trophy.
Best of all, this was also the first Steelers game my then-9-year-old son, Craig, ever attended with me. Great times, great win!