"Man ... why do you have to go with my buddy like that?" Woodson responded.
"I think it's tough, man," Woodson said. "I look at Jerome and I love his career. I think he will get in the Hall of Fame. I just don't know if I was voting."
It feels like only a matter of time before Bettis makes the Hall, but Woodson referred to former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis as a player he would support more. It raises a philosophical question: Is the Hall of Fame about very good players compiling numbers or is it about players that truly dominated their era?
"If I had a vote, and I had to vote between Jerome and T.D. (Davis), I'd vote T.D. first," Woodson said.
I agree with Woodson's philosophy: A shorter period of domination matters more than longevity.
Bettis was one of the most memorable runners of his era, but he wasn't among the top couple of players at his position often.