Tatum Bell

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Tatum Bell
No. 26, 28, 21, 25
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1981-03-02) March 2, 1981 (age 37)
Dallas, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2002)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2003)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts: 569
Rushing yards: 2,773
Receptions: 71
Receiving yards: 419
Total touchdowns: 16
Player stats at NFL.com

Tatum Antoine Bell (born March 2, 1981) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Oklahoma State. He is son of Tony and Terry Bell. Has a younger brother, T.J., and an older sister, Latrice Coleman.

Bell also played for the Detroit Lions and Florida Tuskers.

Early years[edit]

Bell was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in DeSoto, a suburb of Dallas. He attended DeSoto High School. In high school, he was considered one of the fastest high school players in the nation, he was clocked running 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, and 10.26 seconds over 100 meters.

He was hampered by a hip pointer and sprained ankle as a senior, but still rushed for 1,225 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was also an effective kick and punt returner. In addition to his 19 rushing touchdowns, he had three touchdown passes and returned one kickoff for a touchdown. He was listed as a Top 100 Texas player by First Down Recruiting, PrepStar, the Dallas Morning News and David Garvin. He was a two-time all-district selection at running back.

College career[edit]

Bell played for Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2003, and was a starter for three years, rushing for a total of 3,409 yards.

In 2000, as a true freshman, he made an impact by rushing for 251 yards on just 49 carries. He followed the regular season with an impressive spring during which he showed the new OSU staff he had the ability to run the ball inside. He was OSU's leading rusher in both major spring scrimmages. His spring numbers included 14 carries for 110 yards and three touchdowns in the first scrimmage and 15 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown in the second. Showed most of the country what he was capable of with an incredible long-distance run against Oklahoma in a nationally televised season finale on Lewis Field. Oklahoma State won the services of this highly recruited running back over Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma. He was a starter for three years, rushing for a total of 3,409 yards.

In 2001, he carried the ball 197 times for 776 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 77.6 yards per game and almost four yards per carry. Bell eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark twice last season, including a career-high 117 yards against Missouri. He had 102 yards in Oklahoma State's win over Louisiana Tech on Lewis Field. The last four games of the 2001 season were particularly impressive for Bell. Against Colorado, Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma, Bell carried the ball a combined 80 times for 333 yards. That's a four-game average of 83.25 yards per game and 4.16 yards per carry.

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
213 lb
(97 kg)
4.27 s 1.54 s 2.59 s 4.43 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine

First stint with Broncos[edit]

At the NFL Combine, he had an explosive workout including a 4.27 40 yard dash, 25 reps of 225 pounds, and a 38.5 inch vertical jump.[2]

Bell was drafted 41st overall in the 2004 NFL Draft,[1] after attending Oklahoma State University for four years and finishing sixth on the school's all-time career rushing yards list.

He debuted with the Denver Broncos in 2004, and led all AFC rookie running backs in rushing yards. In 2005 he was the second part of a dual running back system with Mike Anderson and rushed for 921 yards (gaining 5.3 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns. In 2006 Bell rushed for 1,025 yards and two touchdowns.[citation needed]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On March 1, 2007, Bell was traded along with George Foster and a draft pick to the Detroit Lions for Dré Bly.

On October 12, 2007 it was revealed that Bell had asked the Lions to trade him earlier in the week, due to the re-emergence of Kevin Jones and his diminished role at tailback. Bell has since told the media that he did not demand a trade, but that he simply was disappointed in his diminishing role on the team.[3]

On March 10, 2008, Bell re-signed with the Lions on a one-year contract. He stated that his goal for the 2008 NFL season was to rush for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns. However, he was released by the Lions on September 1 after the team signed running back Rudi Johnson. The following day Johnson accused Bell of stealing his luggage. Bell insisted, "it was just an honest mistake."[4]

Second stint with Broncos[edit]

Bell signed with the Broncos on November 11, 2008.[5] (He had spent the previous three months working in the T-Mobile store at Town Center at Aurora.)[6] He was not re-signed following the season.

Florida Tuskers[edit]

Bell was signed by the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League on September 3, 2009. He wore #25.[7] During the week of November 19 he ran for 365 yards and set a UFL record. He was released on August 24, 2010.

UFL records[edit]

  • Most rushing yards in a single game: 365 (2009)


  1. ^ a b "Tatum Antoine Bell". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  2. ^ http://nflcombineresults.com/playerpage.php?f=Tatum&l=Bell&i=6751
  3. ^ Bell: I wasn't really demanding trade - Detroit Lions Highlight Reel - MLive.com
  4. ^ accuses Bell in luggage theft; Bell calls situation misunderstanding
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  6. ^ Rasizer, Lee (November 12, 2008). "New Broncos backs hit the ground running; Hillis, Pope, Bell out to be stopgaps for ailing backfield". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved July 21, 2012. Bell, who signed a one-year contract, had been working at a T-Mobile store at Aurora Mall the past three months.
  7. ^ Hays, Chris (September 4, 2009). "Florida Tuskers add 11 to roster, bringing total to 43 players; training camp opens next week in Orlando". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 30, 2011.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Reuben Droughns
Denver Broncos Starting Running Back
(split time with Mike Anderson)
Succeeded by
Travis Henry
Awards and achievements