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The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  201 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
He was one of pro football’s most beloved and respected stars, admired not only by NFL fans and his own teammates, but by his opponents as well. Super Bowl champion; six time Pro Bowler; NFL Comeback Player of the Year; NFL Man of the Year; fifth all-time leading rusher in the NFL; future Hall of Famer; now NBC Sports commentator.

You may think you know Jerome Bettis, but y
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Three Rivers Press (first published September 4th 2007)
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Scott Holstad
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Jerome Bettis's account of his life, and not just because I'm a Steelers fan. The book was interesting and was a fun read. It starts with his childhood in Detroit, where he could have gotten himself into trouble (he was stealing things, selling them for a profit, and eventually selling drugs) if not for finding football in high school. There, he became a great linebacker and fullback with college scholarships from tons of places. Tennessee was on his short list, which wa ...more
Donny Casey
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jerome Bettis autobiography, written with the help of Gene Wojciechowski, is an interesting book to read. They describe Bettis’ life from some of his earliest memories all the way through his career as a professional football player in the National Football League. He is able to engage the average American readers with the content and style of the written and not just avid steeler fans. The book is written as though you, the reader, is actually sitting down with “The Bus” and hearing the man tel ...more
4 stars if you like to read FB books. 3 stars for its place among them. So so read. I like Jerome Bettis and was just wanting to WAX nostalgic.
The Bus: My Life In and Out of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis is an autobiography depicting the troubled childhood of an insecure boy, who later turns his life around to become one of the greatest running backs in football history. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jerome Bettis grew up in the tough inner-city. There, he failed to overcome many obstacles he encountered early in his life. He started by stealing gum from Walmart and selling the gum for profit. This later turned into selling guns and drugs. If ...more
Nick Lengwin
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Bus: My life in and out of a Helmet is a auto-biography written by Jerome Bettis, a former NFL player and Hall of Famer, with the help of Gene Wojciechowski (an ESPN sports writer). Bettis, the NFL's 5th all-time leading rusher and Super Bowl XL Champion, describes his life from his early struggles growing up in Detroit to play football all the way up to the National Football League.

Growing up, Bettis was a nerdy kid in school and preferred bowling over any other sport. He grew up in one of
David Huber
Ms. Emmett
Academic English 10
April 5, 2013

Jerome Bettis is the ultimate NFL hero of both children and adults. Bettis is best known by his nickname, “The Bus”. Opponents respected him, teammates admired him and fans adored him. For the city of Pittsburgh, he was the heart and soul of their much-loved football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers. When he finished his career in Pittsburgh, he went out in glory, winning Super Bowl XL. But Bettis’ life wasn’t all success and trophies. In The Bu
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jerome Bettis is living proof of the saying what does not kill you makes you stronger. The Bus: My Life In and Out Of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis is Jerome Bettis' biography. This book tells how The Bus was once just another boy living in Detroit. This book also tells all of the obsticles that Jerome had to not pass through, but truck through on his way from the very bottom to the top.
Jerome Bettis was well known for the beating that he took while becoming one of the best power running backs to ev
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jerome Bettis A.K.A. “The Bus” is well known for his exploits on the field as a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is admired around the league and by fans around the world not only for his football accomplishments but also for his charitable work. In this book we get to see the man behind the helmet. Jerome Bettis gives the reader a brief history of his life from his days growing up in a tough Detroit neighborhood down through his career in the NFL with the Steelers.

In this book Jerom
George K.
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet by Jerome Bettis
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Jerome Bettis is one of football's best running backs He is a Super Bowl Champion, NFL Man of the Year, and an NBC Sports commentator. He is from Detroit and lived in the "Hood". He always wanted to be a pro bowler until he went to high school. He started to play football in high school and loved it ever since. He went to college at Notre Dame and was a running back with the number 6. When he went to the draft the Rams
Luke McCollough
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Bus: My life in and out of a Helmet" is a very good book to read whether you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers or not. Jerome Bettis, former Steelers Hall of fame running back writes this book in first person. I enjoy the feeling that he is having a conversation with you about his football and non football career rather than it feeling like you're just reading a long book about football. The way he writes it really brings you into the book and makes you feel close to him. Me being Steele ...more
Dylan Bernaud
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "The Bus" by Jerome Bettis is a really great book! It is an autobiography about Jerome Bettis. He has had a crazy life! If you don't know who he is, he is one of the greatest running backs of all time. He was on the Pittsburgh Steelers and was recently added into the Hall of Fame so I thought it would be a good time to read about him. I personally like how he tells his whole life, and how he learns from the many mistakes he made in his childhood. I definitely think that "The Bus" is a f ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bus was a very good book. There were parts of it that went a little bit slow. Especially in the beginning when the main character, future hall of famer Jerome Bettis is growing up. I liked how he started with part of the end. "Here's the give to Jerome. He has it and-oh no! he fumbled the football." This hints at the end when Bettis wins the super bowl in his hometown of of Detroit. I like how he doesn't give away what happens in the end by cutting the story short. The end of this book was ...more
Brad Lucak
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Malin Craig
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bus:My life in and out of a Helmet, by Jerome Bettis, is a tremendous autobiography. It has very interesting stories from Jeromes early life. His candy selling racket at school, and his transformers shop lifting obsession. I learned many interesting things about Jerome, who i had thought to be a very upstanding citizen. He grew up in hardcore Detroit, where he sold crack and lead a double life from the goody two shoes life he lead at his home. Jerome, one of the top NFL running backs of all ...more
Dec 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a Bettis fan or a Steeler fan or just a football fan then you will enjoy reading this. Bettis gives you a look into his life and a little insight into the Steeler organization and college football. Sometimes it is a little self serving but Bettis is genuinely sincere as he talks about some rather questionable decisions in his quest for a super bowl ring. He is most sincere when he talks about his charity work.
India Celeste
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book out of the library when I came across it. Already had respect for Jerome Bettis but hearing his story of how he pushed himself and came about to make strong decisions via mentorship really made it evident that having the right people around you can take you places. I learned a lot of behind-the-scenes of the Steelers and NFL, as well as how the mind can push the body to pass it's "limitations". Great read!
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read, and provided more detail than the Bus's last SuperBowl memoir. This book was awesome, because it described the Bus's whole career, and not just one season. Since Bettis is my all-time favorite Running Back, and he played for the Steelers, this was one book that I couldn't put down. I also loved reading what Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, and Willie Parker had to say about him.
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read this book w/my 11 year old son who is a steelers fan. he had to read a biography for a school book report. i found it very enjoyable and inspirational and my son, who doesn't like to read at all, enjoyed it also. it is a very inspirational book and i wish all kids would have as much drive as jerome did!
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really into football but being from Pittsburgh, how can I not read this book? Reading the book i felt that it was more narrative than anything else, which is a good thing for a sports bio. Bettis comes across as the selfless man we all know him to be and is honest to fault about his life and his career.
Apr 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has some fun inside details about my favorite football team. Presents the reality of the cultural divide between life in a poor neighborhood and life in the rest of our society. Illustrates the value of "paying it forward" when you are the recipient of an act of kindness.
Feb 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brigid by: Steerlers fans
Shelves: memoirs
This book was pretty much as I expected. It is a chronological story of a jock's life, and inner city kid making it in the NFL. Non the less, and enjoyable easy read, and interesting for Steelers fans to relive the Superbowl victory. I also liked hearing the story from the players perspective.
Oct 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steelers Fans/Young Men
I like Jerome even more after reading his book. He is honest, funny and very down to earth.
The football talk it a bit confusing but the lessons and messages were clear. What a great human being Jerome is.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book because I am a Bettis fan and a Steelers fan and it was fun to relive some of the memories of his career and the road to winning Super Bowl XL. The writing quality was so-so. Jerome is not the best author in the world. At the end of the day, the book was OK.
Heather Mahalick
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jerome Bettis is my favorite football player, so it's no surprise I loved this book. It gives an inside look to his life and career, and made me both laugh and cry. Anyone who loves the Bus is sure to love this book.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan this is a great book for you. Bettis shows the other side of football and many of us do not see. The struggle to "survive", the constant injuries, and the mind games. Fast read, good excitement and a great way to relive super bowl XL
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into what it takes to become a NFL player... not just being able to play football!

FTC disclosure: I received this book from
Josh Liller
Simple and decently written sports autobiography.
Adam Fisher
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING book. Really shows what a hall of fame running back's life was like with and without football.
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