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Jerome Bettis' top L.A. Rams memories

Jerome Bettis' top L.A. Rams memories
Jerome Bettis got 200 rushing yards for the first time in his career as an L.A. Rams rookie playing against New Orleans in December 1993. (Steve Dykes / Los Angeles Times)

Jerome Bettis recalls his five most memorable moments from his days with the Los Angeles Rams:

1. His first career touchdown came against his future club, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in September 1993. It was a 29-yard scoring run in a 27-0 victory.

2. His first 100-yard game came a month into his rookie season, when he ran for 102 yards in 22 carries in a 37-6 loss to New Orleans. It was the biggest blowout loss in the Rams' 5-11 season.

3. In the rematch against the Saints that season, Bettis notched his first 200-yard game. That came in a 23-20 Rams victory at the Superdome, and he ran for 212 yards in 28 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown. "It was a sweep, and I cut back inside," he said. " I hit a guy, he tried to tackle me, and I bounced off of him and took off running down the sideline."

4. In the 13th game of his second season, against New Orleans, Bettis caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Chris Miller. The Rams lost at home, 31-15, but Bettis collected one of the three scoring receptions of his career.

5. The first time he got NFL playing time was in a 1993 exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals. "I was as nervous as they come," he said. "I wasn't sick nervous, but shoot, I was scared. I didn't know if I could do it or not. You have that moment of doubt."

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