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NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Jerome Bettis gets Notre Dame degree

NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Jerome Bettis gets Notre Dame degree

SOUTH BEND — Jerome Bettis had one additional exclusive Notre Dame Stadium second left in him.

Maybe the most distinctive.

The present Notre Dame scholar and Pro Football Hall of Famer walked across the graduation stage Sunday early morning to receive his college diploma 28 yrs just after leaving faculty to pursue his NFL aspiration. 

Bettis, 50, was again in South Bend this previous semester completing his degree requirements for the Mendoza Faculty of Organization. He also fulfilled a guarantee to his mother.

“I promised her years back, sitting in Coach (Lou) Holtz’s business, that I would appear back again and graduate,” Bettis explained on the Pod of Gold podcast past month. “So, I owe that to her as effectively.”

Just after a impressive a few yrs in the Irish backfield — most notably with quarterback Rick Mirer and tailback Reggie Brooks — Holtz and Bettis agreed that it was time for him to head to the NFL.

Right after a Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, his promise remained, as did the case in point Bettis preferred to established for his personal children who are each in high faculty.