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Steelers running back Jerome Bettis' impact on the team and his teammates is so intense and profound that his uncertain future in Pittsburgh moved four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Hines Ward to tears Monday.
About 12 hours after the Steelers lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game -- suddenly squelching a record-breaking 16-1 effort -- Bettis stood up Monday at an emotional team meeting, thanked everyone for their efforts and said he hasn't decided if he will return for his 13th season.