Jason Bell (American football)

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Jason Bell
No. 33
Cornerback/Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-04-01) April 1, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Robert A. Millikan
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 2001
Debuted in 2001 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2006 for the New York Giants
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games 82
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Jason Dewande Bell (born April 1, 1978) is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans and the New York Giants. He played college football at UCLA.

Early life[edit]

Bell was born on April 1, 1978 in Long Beach, California to parents Cortland and Geraldine Bell. He attended Robert A. Millikan High School.

He played football at UCLA where he was a 3-year starter at cornerback. UCLA won the PAC 10 championship in 1998, when he finished with 38 tackles and led the team in passes defensed (14). He majored in history.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Bell was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 and made the team based on his strong special teams play. As a rookie, he led the team in special teams tackles with 21. He was waived before the start of the 2002 season.

Houston Texans[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans and led the team with 13 special teams tackles, even though he missed the first 3 games with a fractured right wrist.[2] He received the Ed Block Courage Award at the end of the year.

Bell would remain a core special teams player during his time with the Houston Texans. On November 17, 2004, he was placed on the injured reserve list after breaking his right forearm while covering a punt against the Indianapolis Colts.[3]

New York Giants[edit]

In 2006, he was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Giants and was moved to safety during the season. He would also play 4 games with a fractured right forearm he sustained in week 12 against the Tennessee Titans.

Bell aggravated a back injury while working out during the offseason and was placed on the injured reserve list on July 25, 2007.[4] He retired in 2008, after having a career-ending back surgery the previous year.

Personal life[edit]

After his retirement from the NFL, he attended the Harvard Executive Business program and transitioned into private wealth management. He joined Masters Private Client Group,[5] where he is currently a partner, specializing in professional athletes and entertainers and their unique financial needs. He has been noted as one of the “Top 36 Football Players on Wall Street” by Business Insider.[6]

Bell dated Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle in 2008 and were engaged at one point, but eventually they separated.[7][8][9][10] On February 10, 2014 Coyle gave birth to their daughter.[11]

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