NFL player's murder-suicide sparks debate over gun control
Gridiron great Jerome Bettis weighs in
- Duration 4:51
- Date Dec 6, 2012
Gridiron great Jerome Bettis weighs in
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Commentator -- -- a sparking a firestorm controversy over some comments in the wake of that horrific murder suicide last week.
-- as -- -- as you know their linebacker Japan Belcher of about thirty miles from here.
-- isn't backing down from his remarks last night with Bill O'Reilly listen.
People ought to be aware.
Of the attitude toward guns that's out there way to relax and it's and it's -- chart among professional athletes it's off the chart right and I cannot think of a single instance involving the professional athlete.
Whereby that -- having a gun averted a diminished a dangerous situation but I can give you a long list of tragedies that came about because guys were packed.
-- -- -- defended himself but did say that wasn't the right form to bring it up he needed more time so if you army Kansas City Chiefs and -- struggling through a horrific season.
On the field how do you pass this tragedy.
Let's talk to a guy -- the ultimate leader who led this -- Pittsburgh shows -- Super Bowl championship.
-- standing right back for the rams when -- in Los Angeles and of course -- Pittsburgh and a fighting Irish superstar Jerome -- welcome back and keep them -- tragedy hit so many teams shot the NFL seems to happen each and every year to somebody at some time.
What do you say to guys when life and death gets into a game.
It's it's a typical situation and in.
As a coach and as it you know one of the key players you want to remind guys that deal is this a game that we play and we can't take this game off the football feel we have to play his game win in -- And you deal with that you can't let that affect your behavior and -- -- -- realize what about playing the next day would you have voted to play the next day.
It's a -- terrible situation but.
-- football players at bat and our core that's what we are and the minute that we start to take games off.
44 other issues -- that that becomes -- slippery slope because now what.
What do you take the game off for -- what do you not taking off for you know there's two questions that that come in line there and he's just.
It's a difficult situation and -- a horrific.
Deal but you still have to play football and it happened right in front of the coach -- -- -- team.
He's and now.
Let's talk about something else you went to college in Notre Dame -- -- -- if you remember it's been awhile they are not gonna replay of -- they -- against Alabama how stunned they're yield they don't want to national championship since 1988.
Yet that that's the difficult part about I would've gotten that known and would have.
Been in the the conversation.
A lot earlier than now but period there in the national championship.
It shows -- you can go to school.
Go -- for academics that this is really high and you can win a championship that's a great message -- it's a great message and the key is to to let everyone know that you can have that success.
And you could still have success on the football field as well so that that's an important -- to say to you here not only to see me which I know is an attraction but Josie would Dick's Sporting Goods -- to shirt which by the way it would -- getting.
Dick's Sporting Goods is here you do something and it's really cool for this -- yeah I'm happy to be partner would -- Sporting goods -- they've got -- against that matters campaign and it's is really.
Close to my heart because.
When I was young coming up -- just start playing football I've got to get that matter -- -- I got out there a football cleats they were blue royal blue.
-- he flu bug cleats and a war for three years that somewhat some level when you -- public where you would fit what do what you.
How is it big yeah.
Camaro and bottle size and but but they were there race special to me in that you know it was my first you know really really.
Pair of cleats and it was they were dedicated to -- wasn't one of those things that OK you where we let your brother use it -- these are my cleats.
I got a chance to it to use -- -- I really believe that.
It helped me become the player that I was -- that it was a gift that mattered I predated Dick's sporting good schedule and what might get to really matters into played soccer -- And athletic enough to play but have to.
And I got this ball Saddam played soccer.
My dad would -- -- -- that was a kick ball slash soccer ball made out of plastic.
It looked at -- basketball.
It probably cost a dollar 25 if -- wasn't marked down.
And I stuck I had -- ball for 1012 years even as Paul's got bad he got led the beach always remember that first big sports give.
And that was a gift that mattered and I think it's important right now are nowadays.
But you -- think about.
Some -- that mattered to them into some athletes in their lives that they can give a great gift how much would you love -- -- block for you coming we're going to have gotten off.
A -- wouldn't be here today.
-- mark gives it gives that matter and then go to Twitter for that event.
Good job -- -- always great to see incentives for our.