Bobby Bell

  • 9 × Pro Bowl / AFL All-Star Game ( 1964-1972 )
  • 8 × All-Pro-/All-AFL- choice ( 1964-1971 ) 1 2 team
  • NFL 1970s All- Decade Team
  • AFL All- Time Team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1983 )
  • College Football Hall of Fame (1991 )
  • North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (1987 )
  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (1995 )
  • Kansas City Sports Hall of Fame (1980 )
  • Locked back number with the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Outland Trophy (1962 )
  • Super Bowl winner IV
  • 2 × AFL Champion ( 1966.1969 )

Bobby Lee Bell, Jr. ( born June 17, 1940 in Shelby, North Carolina ) is a former American professional American football player. He played as a linebacker and defensive end in the National Football League ( NFL) with the Kansas City Chiefs.


Bobby Lee was born the son of a laborer and a housewife. His father worked in a cotton mill. He grew up with two siblings. At the age of six, he had a traumatic experience. While he slept in the house, the parental house caught fire. His mother, who was about to hang laundry in the garden, noticed this. Although they tried to prevent passers-by from entering the burning wooden house, they could run into the building and pull her son at one leg out of the danger zone. The house burned down completely. The family was then penniless and was supported by neighbors.

Bobby Bell visited in his home town high school, where he played with his brother American football in the school team. He was thereby established as a quarterback and was elected to this function also in the state selection. He was also active as a baseball and basketball player, and made with his performances nationwide attention to itself. A year before his graduation, he received an offer from the Chicago White Sox and should play for a farm team for the organization of the Major League Baseball ( MLB). On intervention of his father, who himself had not finished school, he decided to quit school. Before Bobby Bell dropped out of high school, he won with the basketball team at school the state championship of North Carolina.

After completing his schooling him the University of Minnesota offered a football scholarship, but made the assumption that the high school footage of Bell previously sent to Minnesota. As the school was not able to because the necessary financial means for a film camera for recording the games of the team were missing, he was forced to participate in a trial in which he was able to convince.

Playing career

College career

Bobby Bell studied from 1959 to 1962 at the University of Minnesota. He ran from 1960 to 1962 for the local football team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers first as a quarterback and starting in the second game as a defensive tackle on the year. Although he intended to pursue in college his baseball career further, he never got there as baseball players used. In 1960 he won with his football team, the Big Ten Conference. In the years 1961 and 1962 he played with his team in each Rose Bowl. In 1961 he was defeated and his team at the University of Washington with 17:7, the following year achieved a 21:3 victory over the team from the University of California, Los Angeles ( UCLA). In both years, Bell has been selected to the All- American. Because of his athletic achievements Bobby Bell was awarded in his last year, the game Outland Trophy. His College awarded him each from 1960 to 1962. Shortly before finishing his studies, he was able to defeat a member of the College All-Stars, the Green Bay Packers at 20:17 in the College All- Star Game.

Professional career

Bell was selected in 1963 by the Minnesota Vikings of the second round in 16th position of the NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs indicated a commitment of interest and Bell chose him in the seventh round in 57 out of the AFL Draft from. Bobby Bell decided a professional contract with the Chiefs to sign and was used by their Head Coach Hank Stram in his first two professional years as a defensive end. After the 1964 season, Bell moved to the position of linebackers. In 1966, Bell was with the Chiefs, who had won in the regular season eleven of 14 games, winning his first championship title. In the AFL Finals his team beat the team of the Buffalo Bills with 31:7, where Bell was able to contribute a sack to victory of his team. The Chiefs were subject then (later renamed Super Bowl I) of the Vince Lombardi Green Bay Packers managed with 35:10 in the AFL- NFL World Championship Game. Also in this game, Bell was involved in a sack against the opposing quarterback Bart Starr, but could not prevent the defeat of his team with it.

In 1969, Bell was once again able to move with his team in the AFL final. The Chiefs had won in the regular season eleven of 14 games and met in the play- offs first to the New York Jets. In the fourth quarter of Game succeeded Bell the opposing running back Matt Snell to stop just before reaching the end zone. The Jets were able to achieve only after a field goal for 6:6 compensation. Finally left the Chiefs with a 13:6 victory the pitch. The subsequent 17:7 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship Game provided for Bobby Bell qualified for the Super Bowl IV, where they met the Minnesota Vikings, who could then be beaten with 23:7.

Bobby Bell ended after the 1974 season his career. During his playing time with the Chiefs, he managed to bring forty times the opposing quarterback behind the line of scrimmage to the case, he also scored 26 interceptions.

After the career

Bobby Bell operating after his career in Kansas City, the restaurant chain Bobby Bell Bar-B -Que. After selling the company, he sat down to rest, but he is still active as a representative of the Kansas City Chiefs and operated successfully in his spare time as a golfer.


Bobby Bell played / AFL All- Star game nine times in the Pro Bowl nine times and was voted All- Pro. He is a member of the NFL 1970s All- Decade Team, the AFL All- Time Team in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Kansas City Sports Hall of Fame. The Kansas City Chiefs have his shirt number blocked. In 1999 he was chosen by the magazine The Sporting News ranked 66 of the 100 best football players of all time.