Former Steelers great Jerome Bettis gives ultimate praise to Rams running back Todd Gurley

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There may not be a player in the NFL right now that will be more fun to watch than Todd Gurley.

His powerful, pounding technique combined with his speedy strides and electric personality make him a rare commodity – one the Los Angeles Rams are happy to have at the front of their program.

Cleveland Browns at St. Louis RamsPhoto: Getty

That doesn't go unnoticed to one Hall of Fame running back. When asked about the league's best man, Jerome Bettis didn't hesitate:

The connections between the two are uncanny. Just look through highlight reels of the powerhouse running backs. They don't call him "The Bus" and promote #FeedGurley for no reason.

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But aside from their hammering running abilities, they've both had the misfortune of suffering vicious football-related injuries.

Bettis suffered multiple joint injuries throughout his 13-year career. It's almost unavoidable in a sport as physical as football – and especially over a career-span that long.

Gurley, however, suffered a major injury early in his career. A fourth-quarter ACL tear cut his last season at the University of Georgia short. But months later, he was drafted 13th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft – and he became the third Rams rookie to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season.

The last Rams running back to do that? Jerome Bettis.

Battered Ram BettisPhoto: AP

Now, Bettis is joining forces with an orthopedic company so that athletes, like Gurley, are aware of the options they have when it comes to maintaining their health in a physical sport like football.

"I want to let these guys know that they can manage the pain better," Bettis says. "Your entire quality of life can change."

Stryker is the global leader in the medical technology industry. The company offers a wide range of innovative products and services in orthopedics to help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is the official joint replacement products of the PGA Tour, but Bettis is its proud football ambassador.

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He also wants to educate the public on what options they have when it comes to joint pain.

"You don't have to deal with these chronic joint pains," Bettis says. "I think that was a misunderstanding I had. I just assumed that was part of the deal. Now, I understand that chronic pain is not part of the deal. You can do something about it."

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