Football legend Jerome "The Bus" Bettis is filled with pride and spirit for his alma mater, University of Notre Dame. The former Los Angeles Ram and Pittsburgh Steeler who launched his sports career in the early '90s playing for the Fighting Irish met with hundreds of fans Jan. 6 at Sinbad Sports at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Bettis signed footballs and posed for photos with supporters before hosting a "Rock The Game" pep rally which brought out Notre Dame and Alabama fans. University of Alabama former running back and Miami Dolphin Tony Nathan also came out for the event to meet and greet fans. An auction featuring Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish memorabilia took place later in the day. Fans snapped up everything from signed jerseys to authentic pieces of Notre Dame's stadium.
“It’s great to see my alma mater competing in this because for the last 15 or so years, they’ve been irrelevant in the national championship conversation," Bettis explains. "It’s great to see Notre Dame back and competing for a championship again. It’s very important especially for all the former players who played there before. We know how great the university is and how great she can be again."
Sinbad Elhaddad, owner of Sinbad Sports, brought Bettis and Nathan out to his store to rally fans for tonight's big game at Sun Life Stadium, The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game. “We wanted to do something fun where people could interact with their favorite athletes," Elhaddad says. "Usually events are closed to the public and most of my events are one-on-one with the athletes. Every month we have a live celebrity memorabilia auction and usually we have somebody here to sign items. It’s really great for anyone interested in memorabilia and sports to come out and get a good deal. I'm excited about the BCS game. I also have a prediction for the game—Notre Dame-20, Alabama-14."
While Bettis has gone to two Notre Dame games this year, which included one at Notre Dame and one in Chicago, he's psyched to see the Irish take on the Crimson Tide in Miami. He also offers a game day prediction. "Notre Dame will win 24-21," Bettis says.
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