Bell catching a football
No. 26 Pittsburgh Steelers
|Date of birth:February 18, 1992|
|Place of birth: Reynoldsburg, Ohio|
|High school: Groveport (OH) Madison|
|College: Michigan State|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48|
|Debuted in 2013 for the Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Le'Veon Bell (pronounced LAY-vee-on; born February 18, 1992) is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Michigan State University. The Pittsburgh Steelers chose him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Bell was born in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He attended Groveport Madison High School in Groveport, Ohio, and played high school football for the Groveport Cruisers. As a sophomore Bell ran for 789 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. As a junior Bell ran for 1,100 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, and as a senior Bell ran for 1,333 yards on 200 carries with 21 touchdowns. He was selected first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division as a senior. He ran as a junior, and added as a sophomore. He also earned second-team All-OCC Ohio Division honors in basketball as a junior. Bell also participated in track and field.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Reynoldsburg, Ohio||Groveport (OH)||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||4.6||Dec 14, 2009|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 69|
|Overall recruiting rankings: ESPN: 211 (RB)|
Bell enrolled in Michigan State University, where he played for the Michigan State Spartans football team from 2010 to 2012. As a freshman in 2010 he appeared in 13 games, rushing for 605 yards on 107 carries with eight touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2011, he rushed for 948 yards on 182 carries and 13 touchdowns.
On September 22, 2012, Bell ran for a career high 253 yards rushing while also claiming the Big Ten Offensive player of the week award. On December 7, 2012, Bell claimed the 2012 CFPA Elite Running Back Trophy. He finished the 2012 regular season with the most rushing yards in the Big Ten.
On January 3, 2013, it was announced that Bell would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
2013 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1⅜ in||230 lb||31½ in||9⅝ in||4.60 s||1.52 s||2.60 s||4.56 s||6.75 s||31½ in||9 ft 10 in||24 reps|
|All values from Central Florida Pro Day.|
2013 NFL Draft
2013 NFL Season
In his second preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Bell was tackled on a running play and suffered a mid-foot sprain. His injury did not require surgery but he missed the first three weeks of the NFL Regular Season.
Bell appeared in his first regular season game with the Steelers in Week 4 in London against the Minnesota Vikings. He rushed for 57 yards on 16 attempts and scored two rushing touchdowns. In the Week 13 Thanksgiving game v.s the Baltimore Ravens, Bell received the handoff from QB Ben Rothelisburger at the goalline. Bell lost his helmet while attempting to cross the goalline. Per NFL Rules, Bell was down due to losing his helmet. His head bumped the ground hard, and he sustained a concussion. After the game, Bell said he didn't remember anything from the hit.
On December 29, 2013, in a game against division rival Cleveland, Bell set the Steelers record for scrimmage yards by a rookie, previously held by Franco Harris.
- Steelers Le'Veon Bell on Spending Money, Transition to Physical NFL. SB Nation. June 5, 2013. Event occurs at 0:04. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- Career high rushing and big ten offensive player of the week award.
- Bennett, Brian. "MSU's Le'Veon Bell to enter NFL draft".