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    Bettis Inducted Into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

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    jeromebettis-ST.jpg The Detroit News The entire evening became a blur for former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis. He shook hands, hugged strangers and high-stepped it through the crowd between radio and television interviews.

    Bettis was one of eight people inducted Thursday night into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame at the Suburban Showcase, and it seemed as if everybody wanted a piece of him.

    One of his stops was to shake hands with Detroit Martin Luther King running back Dennis Norfleet, who was a recipient of the Dave Bing Scholarship for Leadership and Achievement. The NFL veteran and the high school student hugged and exchanged words.

    Bettis used to be the wide-eyed football player thrilled to meet anybody who found success in the game. He chose football over bowling and now is a Hall of Fame member. He passed along some advice to young athletes during his speech.

    "You got to love the game because if you love the game you will do what you need to do in order to be successful," Bettis said. "This game is going to take a lot of sacrifice. If you love the game you will do whatever it takes to have success. That means your education is taken care of. It means getting up at 5:00 in the morning to work out. Whatever you do you've got to love it."

    Bettis had asthma as a child and almost did not play football. But an uncle told him to introduce himself to Mackenzie coach Robert Dozier and a budding career began.

    "It was definitely an amazing journey," Bettis said. "You never prepare or plan for the Hall of Fame. That is not in the plans."

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