Most people are clueless to who he is because he plays for San Francisco but he is a former Butkus Award winner and an absolute beast.
Paul Posluszny is another one who will be great. He's only the second player in history to win the Bednarik Award two years in a row (Pat Fitzgerald was the other one). He plays for the Bills and unfortunately suffered a broken forearm two years in a row.
No, but that run got Bettis a ring. Realistically, middle linebacker is a product of a good defensive line. In the Steelers case, take Casey Hampton or Aaron Smith away, the linebackers struggle a little.
I do like Urlacher though. Dude just looks like a Chicago Bear. It's precisely how good he is that makes me love that photo even more. It was Jerome dropping down and taking on the All World linebacker at the goal line, in the mud and snow, and carrying the ball into the end zone and the team to immortality. The photo is exactly what real Steeler football is, and what Jerome Bettis was all about, lining up mano y mano and pounding the ball in because you want it more. Not lining up with 5 WR like SW Mississippi Valley State Tech A&I. If it was Ray Lewis, it would have been nice, but Bettis and Kreider trucked Lewis all day twice a year. It wasn't every day that he plowed over Urlacher.
Note to Dallas--do not make fun of Lambert by tapping him on the helmet after the Steelers have a misfortune. Run your mouth, this is the result. It's unreal how good that defense was. Mel Blount could throw on the pads, walk onto Heinz Field in game 3 and still start for the Steelers. Though that may say something about Willie Gay too. I don't think Mel would shoot for the NFL record for most time falling flat on your face in a single game.