The Bus - A Tribute to Jerome Bettis
24"x19" Fine Art Giclee on Canvas signed and numbered by the Artist.
38"x30" Fine Art Giclee on Canvas signed and numbered by the Artist
Jerome Bettis is such a great guy and popular Pittsburgh Steeler that it was inevitable I would paint him someday. Early in 2015, Ed Ciofani, a fan of his and a fan of my artwork, commissioned me to do an oil painting of "The Bus.'' Ed suggested using the famous touchdown play from the Steelers-Bears Dec. 11, 2005 game. It was a career highlight for Bettis, 101 yards on a cold, snowy day at Heinz Field against Brian Urlacher and the Bears. He was playing his final season and at the end of it would win his first Super Bowl - and the Steelers' fifth.
As I began sketching, I watched and re-watched the video of that touchdown, sometimes in slow motion. He gets hit by No. 43 (Michael Green) immediately. Bettis plows him (Green) down, but it does slow him down some. Urlacher had a clean shot at him. The Bus had lost momentum and he should have been leveled, especially by someone like Urlacher, but Bettis just goes through Urlacher! It's one of those things in slow motion - it defies physics!