Ford is presenting the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Hometown Hall of Famer to Jerome Bettis. This program, sponsored by Ford, honors the hometown roots of some of the best athletes in the world and celebrates local communities.
According to Ford, Bettis is receiving the award for his incredible career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including a Super Bowl XL championship at Ford Field. Bettis is originally from Detroit, and was a star player at Notre Dame before moving to the NFL.
“This terrific program aligns perfectly with the Hall of Fame’s mission to honor the heroes of the game, preserve its history, promote its values and celebrate excellence everywhere,” said David Baker, Pro Football Hall of Fame president. “Through Ford’s support of this program, Gold Jackets will be able to return home to thank and recognize the communities that gave them the foundation to achieve the highest level of excellence.”
The Ford Hometown Hall of Famer award was started in 2011, and seeks to celebrate heroes in local communities. Bettis is just one of many role models that show kids the importance of hard work and the possibilities that await them.