Bell has been voted NFL FedEx Ground Player of the Year after rushing for 1,361 yards, second most in the NFL, and leading all running backs with 854 receiving yards.
Bell turned in one of the best seasons by a Steelers running back as he finished second to Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray with 2,215 yards from scrimmage. Bell set team records for most yards from scrimmage in a season as well as most receptions by a running back (83) in a season.
He joined Marshall Faulk as the only running backs in NFL history with at least 1,350 rushing yards and 850 receiving yards in a season. He also joined Walter Payton as the only players in NFL history with at least 200 yards from scrimmage in three consecutive games.
Bell accounted for 39.6 percent of the Steelers’ yards from scrimmage in their last six games, according to ESPN Stats & Information, the highest in the NFL during that span.
Bell was named first-team All-Pro and made his first Pro Bowl. Bell did not play in the annual all-star game because the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder was still recovering from a hyperextended right knee that he sustained in the Steelers’ final regular-season game.