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Steelers great Jerome Bettis sees room for growth, believes Pittsburgh has ‘really good chance’ at playoff run

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis was pleased with the improvements he saw from the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, but he believes his former team has room to grow offensively and in doing so, they stand a “good chance” at making the playoffs. 

When speaking with the media earlier this week, head coach Mike Tomlin stressed the importance of not only winning games, but also continuing to improve week-to-week. 

“I just feel like we’re getting better in all areas, and that’s a reasonable expectation and mindset to have this time of year,” Tomlin said when speaking to the media on Tuesday. “Our business is to win games, no doubt. You step into stadiums, you’re called to win – that’s the focus, but in the pursuit of those victories you’ve got to build. And it just feels like we’re getting better.” 

Raiders and Steelers players line up

A general overall view of helmets at the line of scrimmage as Las Vegas Raiders center Andre James (68) snaps the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Allegiant Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Bettis, who was diagnosed with asthma at age 14, played the majority of his 13-year career in the NFL with the Steelers. He spoke to Fox News Digital on behalf of Aire Serv and stressed the importance of indoor air quality as it relates to those who share his condition. 

“Being diagnosed with asthma, the fear is can you breathe? Will you be able to breathe? Can you play? And, so, playing running back, it didn’t help with that position,” Bettis explained. 

Jerome Bettis honored during an NFL game

Jerome Bettis #36 of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles and acknowledges the fans after receiving an ovation while being honored on the video scoreboard in the final home game of his career during their victory in NFL game action against the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field on January 1, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

“And, so, what I had to do before every game, I would take an albuterol treatment to make sure that the lungs were a lot clearer, were open, so that I was breathing at 100% capacity. So, that was regular before every single football game.” 

“But I also had trainers who knew of the asthma, so they had inhalers with them all over the football field. So, it was just about being conscious and diligent and doing it every single game to make sure I gave myself the best chance to be effective as a football player, but also so that I could breathe. Because one of the scariest things in the world is to not be able to breathe. And so that was always my fear.” 


Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.


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