where he was named an All-American and won the 1962
as the nation's outstanding interior lineman.
drafted by the Chiefs in 1963 and
for six straight years, 1964 through 1969. He was
on two AFL Championship teams and a World Championship
team. He was named to the
All-Time All-AFL Team
in 1970. He was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of
Fame in 1980, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
The Chiefs retired his uniform number 78. In 1999, he
was ranked number 66 on
The Sporting News'
list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
Bell was noted for his one-of-a-kind athleticism, and was called the most physically gifted linebacker and one of the finest open-field tacklers in professional football history, because his speed at such a size made him ideal at his position. He scored 9 tds in his career: 6 on interceptions (26 in his career), 2 more on fumble recoveries, and one on an onside kickoff return. Coach Hank Stram said that "He could play all 22 positions on the field, and play them well."