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Classic Tailback - Ricky Bell USC Highlights
Classic Tailback - Ricky Bell USC Highlights
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: PockyCandy
Ricky Bell
Ricky Bell
Published: 2015/03/11
Channel: Paul Stewart
ricky bell story
ricky bell story
Published: 2014/07/25
Channel: Frank Pupello
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Published: 2008/08/19
Channel: Kenneth Talley
Heisman University
Heisman University
Published: 2007/11/24
Channel: SMJ77
TRIUMPH OF THE HEART: THE RICKY BELL STORY Made for TV 1991 - Mario Van Peebles, Lynn Whitfield
TRIUMPH OF THE HEART: THE RICKY BELL STORY Made for TV 1991 - Mario Van Peebles, Lynn Whitfield
Published: 2016/04/23
Channel: filmnoir2019
OEFA Bucs vs Bears TD Ricky Bell!
OEFA Bucs vs Bears TD Ricky Bell!
Published: 2017/01/07
Channel: Paul Neglio
HAMMERED -- Chicago Bear Doug Plank wrecks Buccaneer Running Back
HAMMERED -- Chicago Bear Doug Plank wrecks Buccaneer Running Back
Published: 2011/03/26
Channel: 46dougplank
Bell Biv DeVoe - When Will I See You Smile Again?
Bell Biv DeVoe - When Will I See You Smile Again?
Published: 2009/06/16
Channel: BellBivDeVoeVEVO
Highlight reel - Kevin House - Tampa Bay Bucs 1980-1986
Highlight reel - Kevin House - Tampa Bay Bucs 1980-1986
Published: 2015/02/26
Channel: Paul Stewart
USC Tailback U
USC Tailback U
Published: 2007/11/10
Channel: troymafia
O J Simpson - THE RUN- 1967 UCLA vs. USC football game
O J Simpson - THE RUN- 1967 UCLA vs. USC football game
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: Federico Riva
Ricky Bell 3rd (RB3)  3 on 3 Highlights.wmv
Ricky Bell 3rd (RB3) 3 on 3 Highlights.wmv
Published: 2010/06/03
Channel: RickyBell3rd
Pastor Ricky Bell
Pastor Ricky Bell
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: ladybossbev
Who
Who's better: Ezekiel Elliott or Le'Veon Bell? | UNDISPUTED
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: Skip and Shannon: UNDISPUTED
Ricky Bell and Mike Bivins Weren’t Supposed to Be Friends
Ricky Bell and Mike Bivins Weren’t Supposed to Be Friends
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: BETNetworks
MADDEN 17 - RICKY BELL PUNT RETURN
MADDEN 17 - RICKY BELL PUNT RETURN
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: MrAmazing975
Ricky Bell - September
Ricky Bell - September
Published: 2008/12/09
Channel: Ricky Bell
Ricky bell
Ricky bell
Published: 2012/07/24
Channel: bboy239
usc football charles white 12
usc football charles white 12
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Melissa Terrebonne
Ronnie Bell  Cotton Candy
Ronnie Bell Cotton Candy
Published: 2013/05/21
Channel: Sheldon Riley
TD Bucs #42 Ricky Bell TD Run vs Bills
TD Bucs #42 Ricky Bell TD Run vs Bills
Published: 2016/01/04
Channel: Paul Neglio
TSB 1979 NFC Championship Bucs Vs Rams
TSB 1979 NFC Championship Bucs Vs Rams
Published: 2009/09/25
Channel: oceanic59
Ricky
Ricky's Football Highlights
Published: 2014/01/20
Channel: Christian Espinoza
Ricky Bell vs David Frazier 2
Ricky Bell vs David Frazier 2
Published: 2012/12/27
Channel: Ricky Bell
Southern California vs. Washington State University, 1976
Southern California vs. Washington State University, 1976
Published: 2013/12/13
Channel: Washington State University Libraries' Films
Ricky Bell RB3 HH 8 pts, 2 ast, 1 reb, 2 stl Rams vs  Orting 6 19 17 ASL
Ricky Bell RB3 HH 8 pts, 2 ast, 1 reb, 2 stl Rams vs Orting 6 19 17 ASL
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: Ricky Bell Jr
Hey Hey Tampa Bay -- 1979 Bucs Fight Song
Hey Hey Tampa Bay -- 1979 Bucs Fight Song
Published: 2009/10/19
Channel: dablommer
Trooper Rodriguez
Trooper Rodriguez
Published: 2010/06/26
Channel: mrsmoky1895
Ricky Bell and the Big John Deere!!
Ricky Bell and the Big John Deere!!
Published: 2010/01/14
Channel: 1690Goose
1975 #4 USC at California 1 of 1
1975 #4 USC at California 1 of 1
Published: 2014/11/27
Channel: Stephen Barnett
Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott's Record-Breaking First 10 Games (2016 Highlights) | NFL
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: NFL
West Bama SS Ricky Bell
West Bama SS Ricky Bell
Published: 2010/10/23
Channel: Brandon Speck
Rickey Bell WR Sallies
Rickey Bell WR Sallies
Published: 2011/01/21
Channel: David Jacobs
Joe Delaney
Joe Delaney's Heroic Feat
Published: 2012/06/29
Channel: placekicker1
Slick Rick - Children
Slick Rick - Children's Story
Published: 2009/10/08
Channel: SlickRickVEVO
Charles White USC Football
Charles White USC Football
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Melissa Terrebonne
Ricky Bell RB3 (PG)  Game HL 5 pts, 1 ast, 2 reb, 1 stl Rams vs Auburn 6 19 17 ASL
Ricky Bell RB3 (PG) Game HL 5 pts, 1 ast, 2 reb, 1 stl Rams vs Auburn 6 19 17 ASL
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: Ricky Bell Jr
Ricky Smith
Ricky Smith
Published: 2007/02/22
Channel: dustinward11
Leechboy and Ricky Bell
Leechboy and Ricky Bell
Published: 2007/11/06
Channel: Sarah Bear
RICKY WARREN PLAYING FOOTBALL
RICKY WARREN PLAYING FOOTBALL
Published: 2009/05/28
Channel: stephnino09
ricky irvin sophmore highlights
ricky irvin sophmore highlights
Published: 2013/04/01
Channel: ricky irvin
Ricky Bell RB3 c/o 2020 Game Highlighs  12-30-16 Auburn M vs Ram
Ricky Bell RB3 c/o 2020 Game Highlighs 12-30-16 Auburn M vs Ram
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: Ricky Bell Jr
Official Ricky Jones Jr. Highlights |"Bounce Back"| Indiana WR ᴴ ᴰ
Official Ricky Jones Jr. Highlights |"Bounce Back"| Indiana WR ᴴ ᴰ
Published: 2016/12/31
Channel: Highlight Creator
WATCH: ATH Ricky Person - The Opening highlights
WATCH: ATH Ricky Person - The Opening highlights
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: CBS Sports
Love Juice Anthony Vatero Reprise - Qwes Kross ft  Ricky Bell and La
Love Juice Anthony Vatero Reprise - Qwes Kross ft Ricky Bell and La'Myia Good
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: 50/50 Global Muzik TV
Classic Tailback - Ironhead Heyward Pittsburgh Highlights
Classic Tailback - Ironhead Heyward Pittsburgh Highlights
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: PockyCandy
NFL
NFL's Ricky Jean-Francois- RG3's My Boy...But I'll Crush Him! | TMZ Sports
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: TMZSports
Madden 15 Road To The NFL Draft - Ricky Harris - Convict To Football Star
Madden 15 Road To The NFL Draft - Ricky Harris - Convict To Football Star
Published: 2014/08/24
Channel: Cruisin With Cody
Ricky Williams, National Treasures Football Star in Special Panini Unwrapped Episode
Ricky Williams, National Treasures Football Star in Special Panini Unwrapped Episode
Published: 2015/05/21
Channel: panini
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Ricky Bell
No. 42
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1955-04-08)April 8, 1955
Houston, Texas
Died: November 28, 1984(1984-11-28) (aged 29)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Fremont
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing Yards: 3,063
Average: 3.7
Touchdowns: 16
Player stats at NFL.com

Ricky Lynn Bell (April 8, 1955 – November 28, 1984) was an American professional football player who was a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. Bell was a star in college for the University of Southern California, gaining 1,875 yards rushing in his junior season.[1][2][3] The #1 Overall Selection in the 1977 NFL Draft, Bell was inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Early years[edit]

Born in Houston, Texas, Bell moved to Los Angeles at age eleven and starred in football at its John C. Fremont High School.[1]

College career[edit]

Originally a linebacker,[4] Bell first attracted notice during his sophomore season at USC in 1974 as a great blocker and between-the-tackles runner, sharing the position of fullback with David Farmer for the 10–1–1 national championship team (UPI) that defeated third-ranked Ohio State 18–17 in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

In 1975, the Trojans won their first seven games. Without a passing game to balance the offense, they struggled to an 8–4 record, but was capped with a victory over Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl. During this season, Bell led the nation in rushing, gaining 1,875 yards, as he finished third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and was a consensus All-American.

Then in his senior season of 1976, Bell led the Trojans team to an 11–1 record, crowned by a 14–6 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl. Despite suffering nagging injuries that limited his playing time, Bell set the USC single-game rushing record of 347 yards against Washington State at the new Kingdome,[5][6] and he was the runner-up for the Heisman, behind Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh, the national champions.

Bell was voted the player of the year in the Pacific-8 Conference in 1976. He was also awarded the 1976 W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast and was again a consensus All-American.

NFL career[edit]

Bell was the first overall draft choice in the 1977 NFL Draft, selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were winless in their first season in 1976. Bell signed a five-year contract for a reported $1.2 million, by far the richest contract ever signed by an NFL rookie.[7][8][9][10] This draft choice was somewhat controversial because Tony Dorsett was being projected as an arguably better back than Bell. Bell's selection was not a surprise, however, because Tampa Bay was coached by John McKay, Bell's former head coach at USC through 1975. After a couple mediocre seasons, in 1979, Bell enjoyed his finest season, rushing for 1,263 yards and leading the Buccaneers to the championship of the NFC Central Division. He led the Buccaneers to their first playoff win in franchise history that season by rushing for 142 yards on 38 carries scoring two touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles. The team fell one game short of a trip to Super Bowl XIV, ending their season by losing to the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC championship.

In March 1982, McKay sent him to the San Diego Chargers, but suffering from weight loss, aching muscles, and severe skin problems, he retired before the 1983 season.[3]

Death[edit]

Bell died at age 29 of heart failure caused by the disease of dermatomyositis.[1][2][3][4] Mario Van Peebles portrayed the player in the 1991 made-for-television movie, A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story, which was based on the life of Ricky Bell. Bell's remains were interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

He was survived by his wife, Natalia; his 10-year-old son, Ricky, Jr., a 3-year-old daughter, Noell, and his mother, Ruth.

Honors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ricky Bell succumbs at age 29". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 29, 1984. p. 8D. 
  2. ^ a b Lasswell, Doug (November 29, 1984). "Rare illnesses take life of Ricky Bell". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). p. 1C. 
  3. ^ a b c Greene, Jerry (November 29, 1984). "Former Buc Ricky Bell dies". Lakeland Ledger. (Florida). (Orlando Sentinel). p. 1D. 
  4. ^ a b Dufresne, Chris (March 4, 1985). "The last days of Ricky Bell". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Bell runs for 346 yards as USC clips Cougars". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 10, 1976. p. 6C. 
  6. ^ Brown, Bruce (October 11, 1976). "Emotions are varied about WSU thriller". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 19. 
  7. ^ Joe Marshall, "This Agent's No Secret," Sports Illustrated, May 16, 1977.
  8. ^ Sue Ellen Jares, "The Key to Pro Football Success: Good Legs, Strong Body and a Contract Negotiated by Mike Trope," People Magazine, June 27, 1977.
  9. ^ Patrick Zier, "Ricky Bell: "It Can't Get Worse"," Lakeland Ledger, May 4, 1977.
  10. ^ Greg Hansen, "Bucs Get Ricky Bell ... Dallas Gets Tony Dorsett"," The Evening Independent, May 3, 1977.

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