Mike Bell (running back)

Michael Steven Bell (born April 23, 1983) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League from 2006 to 2011. Bell was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and later played for the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Arizona. Bell had several accomplishment throughout his career, including winning Super Bowl XLIV as a member of the Saints.

Mike Bell
No. 20, 30, 40, 21, 22, 43
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1983-04-23) April 23, 1983 (age 36)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Tolleson (AZ) Union
College:Arizona
Undrafted:2006
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:395
Rushing yards:1,475
Rushing touchdowns:14
Receptions:33
Receiving yards:258
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Bell went to Desert Horizon before playing for Tolleson Union High School a western suburb of Phoenix, where he both became the second player in Arizona history to have rushed for over 2,000 yards in back to back seasons, as well as obtaining the second-highest career total of 4,692 yards rushing in Arizona. He was named Player of the Year in his senior year by The Arizona Republic.[1]

College careerEdit

Bell played college football for the University of Arizona, where he rushed for 3,163 yards and 17 touchdowns in four years, three as the starter. In his senior year, he rushed for 153 yards in sixteen attempts in a surprising 52-14 rout of the then-undefeated UCLA Bruins. Bell is third all-time in the college's history in rushing yards.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 18 in
(1.83 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
4.63 s 4.21 s 7.16 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
21 reps
Height, Weight, 40-yard dash, shuttle and 3-cone drill measurements from NFL Scouting Combine.[2]

Denver BroncosEdit

Bell entered the 2006 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He was signed as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2006 by the Denver Broncos.

Bell had a very strong training camp, and before the Broncos first preseason game, Bell was promoted to the starting tailback position. This promotion shocked many, as it was presumed that either Tatum Bell or Ron Dayne would win the Broncos' starting job. However Tatum Bell ended up as the starter for the first regular season game, with Mike Bell also getting carries in a backup role.

During week 8 of the 2006 season, in which the Broncos played the undefeated Indianapolis Colts, Tatum Bell was taken out with a turf toe. Mike Bell was put in and ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns in just one half, averaging nine yards per carry. He started week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but only gained 28 yards on 17 attempts. He was made inactive by coach Mike Shanahan in week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. Bell led the Broncos with eight rushing scores.

On July 21, 2008, he was released by the Broncos.

Houston TexansEdit

Bell signed with the Houston Texans on July 31, 2008.[3] However, he was waived on August 8.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Bell was signed by the New Orleans Saints on November 19, 2008 after running back Aaron Stecker was placed on injured reserve, and appeared in four games during the season, totaling 13 carries for 42 yards with one touchdown. Most extensive action came at Detroit, December 21, with four carries for 26 yards and his first touchdown as a Saint, a leaping, one-yard plunge. He also added a 14-yard reception in the contest.

During the 2009 season, Bell saw more extensive action with the Saints. He was part of a three-man running back committee with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. He led the team in carries with 172 and gained 654 rushing yards, good for 3.8 yards per carry. He scored 5 touchdowns. He had two carries for four yards in Super Bowl XLIV which the Saints won on February 7, 2010.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

On March 16, 2010, Bell was tendered an offer sheet for a one-year contract worth $1.7 million from the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Saints had the option to match the offer within seven days.[4] The Saints did not match the offer, and Bell became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on March 23.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Bell was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for running back Jerome Harrison on October 13, 2010.

Detroit LionsEdit

On August 9, 2011, Bell signed with the Detroit Lions, but was waived on August 29.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 30 Mike Bell, Running Back
  2. ^ Mike Bell, RB, Arizona - 2006 NFL Draft Scout Profile Archived 2007-08-25 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/5917600.html
  4. ^ Bowen, Les (March 16, 2010). "Bell Signs Sheet with Birds". Philly.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16.

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