PITTSBURGH, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis reveals in his impending autobiography he once faked an injury in preseason camp to get some extra rest.
In “The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet,” which goes on sale Sept. 4, Bettis says at the 2000 training camp, he waited for a chance in practice to pretend he was hurt, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday. He went down in a short-yardage drill, yelled and grabbed his left knee.
"Man, did I do a nice job of acting,'' Bettis wrote.
Bettis claims his knee ached and because he feared he would be cut if he came into camp with an injury, he had to “figure out a way I could get off my feet, get some rest, and do it without losing my job," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported. He called “30” the magic age the Steelers seem to begin phasing out players.
Bettis, now an NBC Sports analyst, also was critical of former coach Bill Cowher.