Jason Bell (American football)

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Jason Bell
No. 33
Position: Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-04-01) April 1, 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Long Beach (CA) Millikan
College: UCLA
Undrafted: 2001
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games: 82
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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, 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, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback. He also practiced track and field.

He accepted a scholarship from UCLA, where he was a three-year starter at cornerback. As a sophomore, he had 18 tackles and 4 passes defensed. He contributed to the team winning the PAC 10 championship in 1998, when he finished with 38 tackles and led the team in passes defensed (14).

As a senior, he registered 42 tackles and 9 passes defensed. 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 roster based on his strong special teams play. As a gunner, he led the team in special teams tackles with 21. He was waived on September 1, 2002.

Houston Texans[edit]

On September 2, 2002, he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans and became a part of the inaugural season of the franchise. He led the team with 14 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. In 2003, he was second on the team with 15 special teams tackles, even though he was declared inactive for 3 games with a knee injury.

In 2004, he registered 6 special teams tackles. On November 17, 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]

On March 13, 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, 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.[5]

In addition to his business work, he currently works as an NFL pundit for the BBC's coverage of the league, working alongside Osi Umenyiora on their weekly highlights show.[6]

His half-sister is Joanna Hayes, who won a gold medal in the 100 metres hurdles at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Bell dated Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle in 2008 and were engaged at one point, but eventually they separated.[7][8][9] They reunited sometime in 2013, with Nadine announcing her pregnancy in August that year. She gave birth to their daughter, Anaìya, in early 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCLA Athletics: Jason Bell". UCLABruins.com. 2000. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Texans re-sign 3 reserves". Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Texans place Bell on IR". Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bell Won't Ring for Giants This Season". Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The 36 Best Football Players On Wall Street". Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ "BBC Sport - The NFL Show". Retrieved January 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Girls Aloud meet Nadine's new man". Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ "It must be love: Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle dolls up for ANOTHER date with American footballer". Daily Mail. London. 2008-10-21. 
  9. ^ "Nadine Coyle wedding date dilemma". Sky News. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 

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