Jerome Bettis On Antonio Brown: "He Needs Help"

AB's downward spiral from All-Pro wide receiver to unemployed has been tough for Bettis to see

Zach Gelb
January 29, 2020 - 9:32 am
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Jerome Bettis dropped by CBS Sports Radio and discussed numerous topics from Radio Row on Tuesday, including the Hall of Fame, Super Bowl LIV and, yes, Antonio Brown.

Bettis, one of the most beloved Steelers in franchise history, has not enjoyed watching Brown’s downward spiral from All-Pro wide receiver to unemployed.

“I’m saddened,” Bettis said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I know how talented of a football player [he is], and I just hope that he gets some direction and some help in terms of figuring out his path.”

Brown, 31, went from the Steelers to the Raiders to the Patriots to unemployed in a matter of months and has endured a slew of legal issues over the last year.

“He needs some help,” Bettis said. “He needs to listen to some people. Right now it seems as though he’s in that stage where he’s not really listening to anybody around him. If he can get some people around him that will be honest with him and tell him what’s going on, then he can look at it from a different perspective. Hopefully that could get him back into a place where he can one day get back on the football field.”

Bettis, who believes the Chiefs will beat the 49ers, also reflected on his Hall of Fame induction in 2015. Toward the end of his career, Bettis knew he had a shot at the Hall of Fame, but then he saw that a beat writer disagreed.

Bettis was angry.

“There was a Miami beat writer, he actually wrote an article [about] the Hall of Almost,” Bettis recalled. “I read it and I was like, ‘Wow’ – to the point where I was pissed off. After that moment, the thought was there, but I was going out not just to prove [that I’m] Hall of Fame-worthy; I was going out to prove myself. Because in the [article], there was a lot of, ‘He was good, but he wasn’t that good.’ I used that as fuel to fuel me the last couple years of my career.”

Bettis, who led the Steelers to victory in Super Bowl XL, was elated to see his former coach, Bill Cowher, get the Hall of Fame nod this year.

“For that moment to happen, it was just so much joy,” Bettis said. “It was so magical to think that my career had warranted recognition of the Hall of Fame. I was humbled like you wouldn’t believe. And then to see Coach Cowher in the same situation where he had been o the ballot a couple years and he didn’t know whether it was going to happen or not, but to see it happen and for him to be in that moment, I understand it. I totally understand it. This was his moment. It was an honor to see it.”