Chiefs Hall of Honor

AFL

Bobby Bell

Bobby Bell

LB

1963-1974

Born: June 17, 1940 (Shelby NC)

College: Minnesota

Drafted: By Chiefs 1963 / 7th Rd (56th overall)

Career Highlights:

  • All-Time AFL Team
  • AFL All-Star Game, 1964-69
  • AFC/NFC Pro Bowl, 1970-72
  • All-Pro, 1967, 1969-71
  • Chiefs of Hall of Fame Inductee, 1980
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 1983
  • College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 1991
  • All-AFL/AFC, 1964-72

“Nobody plays linebacker like Bobby Bell,” said the Chargers’ Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman. Supremely talented and extremely versatile, Bell excelled everywhere on the field. He played halfback and quarterback in high school, was an All-American defensive tackle in college at the University of Minnesota, and played at defensive end during his first two years with the Chiefs. But when Hank Stram moved him to left outside linebacker in 1965, Bell found the position ideally suited for his immense talents. As fast as most running backs of his era he was a potent rusher coming off the edge, an adept defender in pass coverage, and a devastating open-field tackler. Bell went on to become a seven time All-Pro, played in the last six AFL All-Star Games and the first three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls, and was named a linebacker on the All-Time American Football League team. Teammate Buck Buchanan said it best: “This guy is the best all-around football player I ever saw.”

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