Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Super Bowl champion Jerome Bettis missed out on election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, passed over for entrants Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger.
Bettis is ranked fifth all time in NFL rushing yardage and went out on top in his final year, winning the title that eluded him and then riding off into the sunset.
The five-year waiting period ended this year, but Bettis wasn't inducted in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility.
The question now turns to 2012, and whether that will be the year that "The Bus" drives over to Canton for enshrinement among the NFL's all-time greats.
I'll lay out the case for Jerome Bettis, and why he should be inducted with the next class of Pro Football Hall of Famers.