Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Talking Race and the AFL with Bobby Bell

Though the American Football League is typically regarded as a league that focused on offense, there were a number of fantastic defensive players that made their names in the AFL. Willie Brown, Buck Buchanan, Ernie Ladd and Johnny Robinson are just a handful of legendary defenders from “The Other League.” Ranking somewhere near the top of the “Greatest of AFL Defenders” list is the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Bobby Bell. Bell was such a phenomenal athlete, that his head coach with the Chiefs, Hank Stram, once said, “Bobby Bell is the greatest outside linebacker who ever played the game… He is the only player I have seen who could play any position on a team and that team could still win.” High praise, without a doubt, but when you consider some of Bell’s accomplishments, you begin to understand just how good he was.

  • He was an All-State prep quarterback in North Carolina
  • He earned All-America honors as a tackle at Minnesota. .
  • He was selected All-AFL/AFC nine times
  • He played in the last six AFL All-Star games, and the first three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls
  • He scored nine career touchdowns, six on interceptions, one onside kickoff return, two on fumble returns
  • He had 26 interceptions for 479 yards, six TDs
  • He was an All-AFL First Team selection
  • He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1983
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