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Jerome Bettis parks 'The Bus' in Canton

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The humbled men in gold jackets were unmistakable.

So were the unending seas of yellow Terrible Towels there to greet them.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history greeted by thousands of fans who made the short trip to Canton and gave the final stop of his singular career a decided western Pennsylvania flavor.

The capacity crowd at Tom Benson Stadium -- most of them clad in some version of black-and-gold -- roared as Bettis made his way down the red carpet, his enshrinement serving as the final destination for a player who embodied the blue-collar mentality of the city and the franchise he helped lead to a fifth Super Bowl title in 2006.

The adulation surrounding Bettis' induction proved fitting on a night so many saw their lengthy waits to join football's most exclusive club come to an end.

Only linebacker Junior Seau was elected in his first year on the ballot. For the rest, Saturday night was a mixture of relief, joy and wonder.

Defensive end Charles Haley cracked jokes between heartfelt disclosures of his battle with depression. Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff didn't say a word, instead letting Hall of Fame teammate Fran Tarkenton speak for him shortly after Tingelhoff's bust was unveiled.

"He's waited 37 years to get to the Hall of Fame," Tarkenton said as thousands rose to their feet in appreciation.

Kansas City guard Will Shields spoke with the same thoughtfulness that made him one of the best linemen of his generation during a standout career with the Chiefs.

Contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf paid tribute to the icons who paved the way for their success. Wide receiver Tim Brown led chants of "Rai-ders! Rai-ders!" in a joyous moment more than a decade after the last of his 1,094 receptions.

Haley, the only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings, gave a rousing, freewheeling speech that included a good-natured jabs at everyone from former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. DeBartolo called the decision to trade Haley to Dallas in 1992 his biggest mistake during his tenure.

Haley didn't disagree, though he also made sure to pay emotional tribute to the men who signed his paychecks. That included a touching nod to Jones, who organized a bone marrow drive when Haley's daughter Brianna was diagnosed with leukemia.

While Haley retired after the 1999 season with 100½ sacks and a fistful of championships. Yet he spent the better part of a decade watching former teammates get the call while his phone remained silent.

He blamed it partly on his own struggle with his inner demons. Haley said he was a "22-year-old man with a 16-year-old inside of me screaming for help and I would not ask for it" when he arrived in the NFL in 1986.

Even as he helped the 49ers win a pair of Super Bowls before earning three more with Dallas, Haley couldn't seem to shake the idea that something was wrong, something he couldn't quite articulate.

"My life spiraled out of control for years, for years," Haley said. "But today, guys, I am getting back into the locker room, to my teammates and tell them guys the mistakes that I've made and that the only way you can grow is that you've got to ask for help."

Wolf, who hired Mike Holmgren and traded for Brett Favre shortly after taking over in 1991, led off by praising the core that restored the Packers to legitimacy after two decades of mediocrity.

"There was always a threat to players of other teams that if they didn't shape up, they would be traded to Green Bay," Wolf said. "We worked hard to eliminate that stigma."

Green Bay won its first Super Bowl in nearly 30 years in 1997 when Favre guided the Packers by New England. Wolf, who spent 23 years working for the Raiders, called owner Al Davis a "remarkable teacher" who gave him a chance to grow from a scout scouring for prospects into one of the most respected team builders of his generation.

Polian praised Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy for helping him resurrect the Bills after Polian took over as general manager in 1984. The two men put together the foundation of a team that made four straight Super Bowl appearances behind Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed, all of whom Polian joined in the Hall. Polian finally won a championship with Indianapolis and Peyton Manning, though Polian couldn't help but wonder how a "kid from the Bronx" ended up in Canton.

There was no wondering for Bettis, who wasn't shy about his desire to follow in the footsteps of other Steeler greats who guided the team to greatness.

Many of them were on hand to watch Bettis join them, including Franco Harris, Joe Greene, Mel Blount and Lynn Swann. Several of Bettis' former teammates, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Hines Ward, watched from in front of the stage as the Hall's doors finally opened for the player known simply as "The Bus."

Wrestlers pay tribute to 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

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Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, whose birth name was Roderick Toombs, died Thursday.

Piper is regarded as the first true great villain in professional wrestling, a role that earned him as much praise as it did criticism and made him truly unique among wrestling superstars. He highlighted the first WrestleMania, as well, taking part in a match Mr. T and Hulk Hogan.

Wrestling superstars paid tribute to Piper on social media Thursday, and Ronda Rousey, who was given permission by Piper himself to use the nickname "Rowdy," dedicated Saturday's fight to the WWE Hall of Famer.

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A confirmed cause of death was not immediately available. Initial reports said Piper died in his sleep from cardiac arrest. He was 61 years old.

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Peachtree Sports Festival

The Peachtree Sports Festival presented by Allstate and Firestone will debut in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Centre on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This family-friendly event focuses on exposing kids of all ages to a variety of sports with a full day of Youth Sports Clinics hosted by professional instructors. The festival features a speaker series where attendees will hear from influential figures in pro sports and collegiate athletics from the Southeastern region.

The clinics will highlight 13 sports: archery, baseball, basketball, fishing, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, running, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children under 6 are admitted free.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. Families who pre-register for clinics online will receive a free 4-pack admission pass.


  • 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: David Greene, former UGA quarterback and SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2002
  • 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Greg McMichael, former Atlanta Braves reliever and member of 1995 World Series championship team
  • 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: D.J. Shockley, former UGA and Atlanta Falcons quarterback, MVP of 2005 SEC Championship
  • 1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Brian Bosworth, 2-time All-American linebacker from the University of Oklahoma
  • 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Bobby Cremins, former head basketball coach of Georgia Tech

Marcy's Mulligan Golf Tournament

Marcy’s Mulligan is a golf tournament and silent auction presented by 97.1 The River's Kaedy Kiely in memory of Marcy Scott, along with other friends and family we have lost to cancer.

Proceeds benefit the Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, a nonprofit that serves cancer patients free of charge. They employ nutrition, relaxation, exercise, education, and support programs throughout cancer patients' entire journey.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fairways of Canton • 400 Laurel Canyon Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

Registration: 8:30am

Shotgun Start: 10:00am, with box lunch

Awards Presentation/Celebration Buffet following tournament

Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams

Contests: Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Hole in One


Individual: $200   Foursome: $750

For more information, email

NASCAR jet dryers help airport dry runways

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Charlotte Motor Speedway sent three of its jet dryers to Concord Regional Airport to help dry off the runways so that local race teams can travel to Daytona. Airport officials said more than a dozen flights scheduled to transport more than 700 NASCAR personnel are scheduled to leave over the next two days. The jet dryers arrived at the airport around noon on Tuesday.

New interview for Kaedy's Conversations

Ed Clark, Vice President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway talks about racing news, and all the cool stuff coming up for NASCAR’s big race Labor Day Weekend in Hampton next weekend.

Listen here [7:49]

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