No. 3 Jerome Bettis
Over the last 30 years Jerome Bettis is perhaps the best NFLer to come out of Notre Dame. Bettis only played three seasons for the Irish, but boy were they productive. In his sophomore season of 1991 Bettis set a Notre Dame record for touchdowns in a season with 23, a record that still stands today. It was that same season that he ran roughshod over the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl as he tallied 150 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his Notre Dame career with 2,137 yards and 39 touchdowns. Bettis was known for being a big, physical rumbling type of runner because of this he earned the nickname “The Bus.”
Bettis left Notre Dame following the 1992 season. He was selected 10th overall in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He spent three seasons with the Rams before being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bettis spent 10 seasons in Pittsburgh and is their second all-time leading rusher, just behind Franco Harris. In his final season Bettis help lead the Steelers to their first Super Bowl victory since 1979. He ranks sixth all-time in rushing yards with 13,662. He was a six-time Pro-Bowler. He was also the 1993 Rookie of the Year. Bettis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
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