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Jerome Bettis & John Riggins




I hate lazy sportswriting, whether it's online or elsewhere. A writer on the Pro Football Talk blog really stepped into it with a recent post about Jerome Bettis and the Hall of Fame. Michael David Smith actually pulled out the lame yards per carry average as a negative when talking about our #36.

3.9 yards per carry also happens to be the career average for John Riggins, who also carried the ball on countless short yardage plays against a stacked line. Converting those third and short plays were so valuable, they sustained drives and helped win games.

It's fair to point out Bettis was not among the single season league leaders like a Jim Brown or Walter Payton, two of the all time greats at the RB position. But yards per carry can be a deceiving stat, and I expected more from Pro Football Talk.

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