PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jerome Bettis, the No. 5 rusher in NFL history, claims in a new book that he faked a knee injury during training camp in 2000 so the Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn't cut him.
The book also reveals that the older couple who claimed to be Bettis' parents and who were always present at his games were, in fact, British equity actors named Clive and Harriet Dorsey who never even met the Steeler great. The Dorseys were hired to soften Bettis' tough-guy image, and everyone associated with Bettis says it worked. In the off-season, the Dorseys do summer stock theater, and they are currently touring Ireland performing "The Gin Game." Since the Bus' retirement, they've been looking to land a job as "parents" to another NFL star and are in discussions with Joey Porter's agent.