On this date back in 1972, Jerome Bettis was born in Detroit, Michigan. “The Bus” currently stands fifth on the NFL all-time leading rusher list. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Jerome Bettis was drafted in the first round (10th overall) of the 1993 draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
In Bettis’ first season in the NFL, he rushed for over 1,400 yards and earned himself the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Over his 12 career seasons, Bettis would accumulate 13,662 rushing yards, 94 touchdowns, 3 All Pro awards, 6 Pro Bowl selections, the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and oh yeah, a Super Bowl XL Championship ring. Few players have been able to combine the speed, foot work and sheer power of Jerome Bettis, and it is because of this that he is considered one of the all-time great running backs of the NFL.
Look for Mitchell & Ness to honor Jerome Bettis, and his amazing career, in the only way we know how later on this year….
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Darrell Green was born on February 15, 1960 in Houston, Texas. He played college football and track at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Green was drafted in the first round (28th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He is considered to be one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play football. He scored the first time he touched a ball in the NFL, with a 61-yard punt return against the Atlanta Falcons in a preseason game. Green became known for his legendary speed and was one of the fastest players in the NFL. In 1991, he was the World’s Fastest Athlete. At age 40, Green was able to run the 40-yard dash in 4.2 seconds. He played with the Washington Redskins for 20 years, and he was admiringly referred to as “Mr. Redskin.” His lengthy career included two Super Bowl victories, seven selections to the Pro Bowl, and four of the NFL Fastest Man competitions. Green had an interesting pre-game ritual of eating and sticking Tootsie Rolls in his sock – claiming the candy helped him run faster. In his 20 NFL seasons, Green recorded 54 interceptions, which he returned for 621 yards and six touchdowns -- with the help of those Tootsie Rolls, of course. Green retired after the 2002 season at the age of 42. He played for six head coaches: Joe Gibbs, Richie Petitbon, Norv Turner, Terry Robiskie, Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier. In 2008, Green was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Darrell Green is also known for his work off the field. In 1988, he founded The Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation. His foundation provides a wide range of academic development and education programs through the Darrell Green Youth Life Learning Centers, which operate in select neighborhoods. “I love playing against Darrell. Defensive backs and receivers will talk and cuss and fuss to get you out of your game. But he’s not that way. He plays the game. He’s not a dirty guy. You’ll be walking back to the huddle, and he’ll be smiling and say ‘Good route, good play. But I’ll get you next time.’” – Irving Fryar, former NFL wide receiver. A few of the many awards Darrell Green received throughout his career are as follows:
• 1996 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
• 1996 Redskin Alumni Player of the Year & Redskins Most Valuable Player
• 1997 USA Today Most Caring Athlete Award
• 1998 Redskins Player of the Year
• 2001 Texas Sports Hall of Fame
• 2002 Named to 70 Greatest Redskins Team
• 2003 Division II Football Hall of Fame Inductee
• 2004 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
• 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame First Ballot Inductee
Look for a Darrell Green jersey from Mitchell & Ness in Fall 2010!
If you're in Dallas, stop by and see us at Jam Session. The NBA All Star event started yesterday and is running through Sunday at the Dallas Convention Center. Here's a quick shot of our booth. Yes, we do have some Michael Jordan All Star jerseys there but don't hesitate, they're going quickly.
When we found out that Dallas was hosting this year's All Star festivities we did our research and discovered that the last time that the All Star Game was in the "Big D" was in 1986. So, our designers took that as their inspiration and came up with some headwear and tees that celebrate the NBA's marquee event, 24 years ago.
Here's the logo from 1986:
And here's that logo on some stylish new headwear:
1986 All Star Snapback Adjustable Hat
NBA All Star Two Tone Adjustable
Check out these images of the uniforms worn in '86:
James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with their game faces on.
1986 All Star Game action
Now check out these hats and tees that were inspired by these classic jerseys:
1986 NBA All Star Fitted Hat
1986 Mesh Fitted Hat
All Star Anniversary Tee
Go to www.mitchellandness.com to pick up your All Star gear.