Bettis rethinks his future

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Will the Bus keep on chugging if his Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl? Earlier this season Steelers running back Jerome Bettis figured he "probably" would retire in that event. But a subsequent conversation with Hall of Fame lineman Howie Long caused him to reconsider.

Recounted Bettis: "(Long) said, 'You love the game, and don't cheat yourself in the sense of making a quick decision.'

"When he said that, it really struck a chord."

Bettis, who will get a heavy workload against the New England Patriots in tonight's AFC Championship, said he will see how his body feels during the off-season before planning his football future.

THUMBNAILS

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shot down reports that an injured thumb caused his sporadic play last week versus the New York Jets.

"I saw a lot of people make a big deal with the thumb and the glove (I was wearing). I guess it's true when you get to the playoffs things are magnified, and people are always looking for reasons to talk about something," said Roethlisberger, who is attempting to become the first rookie quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl.

KING RICHARD

Despite reports that Pats all-pro defensive end Richard Seymour has a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament, coach Bill Belichick said there is a slight chance Seymour could be activated and see spot duty tonight.


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