Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Mike Bell's wild ride to the Super Bowl
By Bill Williamson
Denver Broncos fans will see a familiar name in the Super Bowl on Sunday: Mike Bell.
Remember him? He was going to be the next Terrell Davis.
Bell has had a remarkable NFL career.
He is now a valuable part of New Orleans’ offense as the team heads into the Super Bowl on Sunday against Indianapolis. He has 654 yards rushing this season and he is often a featured back for the Saints.
He turned out to be the player former Denver coach Mike Shanahan thought he’d be.
When Bell came out of Arizona, he told me at the NFL combine that he wanted to be a Denver Bronco. He idolized Davis as a youth in Denver before he moved to Phoenix at the age of 11. When Bell went undrafted, he immediately signed with Denver.
A week into training camp, the undrafted rookie was named the starting running back. Shanahan told many people in Denver’s facility that Bell reminded him of Davis.
Bell didn’t hold onto the starting job in 2006 but he did have a productive rookie season, gaining 677 yards on 157 carries. However, in his second season, Bell barely played and he was moved to fullback. He was cut just days before training camp started in 2008.
Bell never became Davis in Denver. But now, he has a chance to run his way to a Super Bowl win just like Davis.