Minnesota football legend Bobby Bell has done close to it all: competed in the Rose Bowl, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl championship, winning two AFL championships and more. Although his list of accomplishments has stretched as far as a football field, Bell still hadn’t completed everything on his bucket list. Until recently, the 74-year-old hadn’t done the one thing he promised his father, Pink Bell, he would do: get his college degree.
Bobby Bell has lived a rather busy life since his teen years. He was a member of the football team at Cleveland High School in Shelby, North Carolina, where he played the position of quarterback and won state honors. Following high school, Bell went on to attend the University of Minnesota, which is when his football career really got its start.
When he began playing in college for Minnesota, he switched to the defensive line. During his time there, he became a two-time All-American for the years 1961 and 1962. Bell also won the 1962 Outland Trophy and took third in the Heisman Trophy voting. As a team, the Gophers became the 1960 champions and won the 1962 Rose Bowl.
His professional career was equally eventful. Bell won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs, was an AFL All-Star six years in a row, an NFL Pro Bowler for three straight years and was named to the 1970 All-Time All-AFL Team. Though pursuing a career in football proved to be a smart move for Bell, he still couldn’t keep completing his college coursework and receiving his degree off of his mind.
With the distraction of football out of the way and a promise to fulfill, Bell went back to the University of Minnesota and fulfilled the promise her made to his father, which was 56 years after he first started at the University of Minnesota. . Just a few credits shy of a degree in recreation, park and leisure studies, he completed the courses necessary to graduate and on Thursday, May 14, 2015, Bobby Bell could officially call himself a college graduate.
Bobby Bell has been inducted into the Hall of Fall at both pro and college levels. He is a restaurant owner and a motivational speaker, which are definitely important events in his life, but obtaining a college degree was the most important to him. Although his father passed away 12 years ago, Bell still made him proud by keeping his word and he can finally add college graduate to his long list of accomplishments.
Article Written By Kristina Byas