Jerome Bettis shares his thoughts on Steelers, upcoming Super Bowl commercial

Jerome Bettis addresses fans at Heinz Field during a halftime ceremony for the presentation of his Hall of Fame ring. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jerome Bettis addresses fans at Heinz Field during a halftime ceremony for the presentation of his Hall of Fame ring. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) /

Jerome Bettis talks about his upcoming Super Bowl commercial with Frito-Lay and shares his thoughts on the Steelers. 

I recently had the privilege of sitting down for an interview with Hall of Fame running back, Jerome Bettis. During our time together, the Steelers legend talked about his upcoming Super Bowl commercial with Frito-Lay as well as some of the notable NFL players he was able to work with on the set.

Bettis, who played 13 seasons in the NFL (10 of which came in Pittsburgh), is the most productive running back in Steelers history as well as one of the most iconic players the franchise has seen. In the interview, Bettis talked about the story behind the Frito-Lay commercial that will be airing during Super Bowl LV this Sunday.

“It’s the sequel to ‘Twas the Night Before Kickoff’ with Marshawn Lynch,” Bettis explains. “This is ‘Twas the Night Before the Super Bowl‘. What makes this commercial so epic is really the legendary, iconic group of players involved that equals 22 Super Bowl rings between them. It’s a great cast…”

The Hall of Fame running back continued by describing his role in the Frito-Lay commercial. “Terry Bradshaw and myself, we’re having this argument about the immaculate reception, but on the receiver side. How hard is it to catch that ball? He thinks it was harder to throw the ball than to catch it. So I’m trying to explain to him that it was at his ankles… The storylines are incredible.”

Jerome Bettis shares some of his favorite moments with the Steelers

After discussing his role in the upcoming Super Bowl ad, Bettis answered some questions about his time as a member of the Steelers. He expressed that his favorite offensive linemen to run behind were Dermontti Dawson and Alan Faneca – arguably the two best offensive linemen in Pittsburgh Steelers history. He also shed some light on his most rewarding moment during his time in the NFL.

“My favorite football moment was hoisting the Lombardy Trophy,” Bettis exclaimed. “For me, that was always the goal. Ever since my first year playing, I wanted to win a championship and I knew I wasn’t good enough my first year, and the next year, and the next year. But each year, that was always the goal – to win a championship… It took a while.”

During our conversation, Bettis touched on topics such as his favorite Bill Cowher moment, how today’s passing offenses have changed the role of the running back, and what was running through his head after he fumbled late in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.

In a series of quick-hitters towards the end of the interview, ‘The Bus’ expressed that Ben Roethlisberger was the greatest offensive player he has ever played with, while Troy Polamalu was the best defensive player he has ever had as a teammate. Likewise, he explained that Lawrence Taylor was the toughest defender he had ever faced and that the scariest teammate he has played with was Greg Lloyd.

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Jerome Bettis told me that he’s rooting for his old coach, Bruce Arians, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday in Super Bowl LV. Be sure to check out his new Frito-Lay commercial below, ‘Twas the Night Before Super Bowl,’ and get your snacks ready for Sunday night.