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Classical Tailback #46 - Ricky Bell USC Highlights
Classical Tailback #46 - 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
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
HAMMERED -- Chicago Bear Doug Plank wrecks Buccaneer Running Back
HAMMERED -- Chicago Bear Doug Plank wrecks Buccaneer Running Back
Published: 2011/03/26
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Heisman University
Heisman University
Published: 2007/11/24
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OEFA Bucs vs Bears TD Ricky Bell!
OEFA Bucs vs Bears TD Ricky Bell!
Published: 2017/01/07
Channel: Paul Neglio
Bell Biv DeVoe - Run
Bell Biv DeVoe - Run
Published: 2016/09/12
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Ricky Bell -- 1.5 Million Dollars for a Dog!? | TMZ
Ricky Bell -- 1.5 Million Dollars for a Dog!? | TMZ
Published: 2013/04/14
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Who
Who's better: Ezekiel Elliott or Le'Veon Bell? | UNDISPUTED
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: Skip and Shannon: UNDISPUTED
Penn State 2018 RB commit Ricky Slade Highlights #1 RB in the country
Penn State 2018 RB commit Ricky Slade Highlights #1 RB in the country
Published: 2017/02/28
Channel: Nittany Nation
Classical Tailback #39 - Ironhead Heyward Pittsburgh Highlights
Classical Tailback #39 - Ironhead Heyward Pittsburgh Highlights
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: PockyCandy
Charles White USC Football
Charles White USC Football
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: David Terrebonne
Leechboy and Ricky Bell
Leechboy and Ricky Bell
Published: 2007/11/06
Channel: Sarah Bear
usc football charles white 12
usc football charles white 12
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: David Terrebonne
Ricky Jean Francois and Pierre Garçon return to Haiti to give back | FOX NFL SUNDAY
Ricky Jean Francois and Pierre Garçon return to Haiti to give back | FOX NFL SUNDAY
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: FOX Sports
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
Side Show Radio - Ricky Bell Spoof
Side Show Radio - Ricky Bell Spoof
Published: 2013/01/31
Channel: Chamberz Studio
Dez Bryant Workout | NFL Training Camp | Football Highlights
Dez Bryant Workout | NFL Training Camp | Football Highlights
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: THE MASTER
Ricky Bell: Have You Heard the First Song Created By Artificial Intelligence? | TMZ TV
Ricky Bell: Have You Heard the First Song Created By Artificial Intelligence? | TMZ TV
Published: 2016/10/02
Channel: TMZ
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
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
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1969)
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1969) 'FULL Movie'FREE Online '
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Donald E. Gary
RICKY TE
RICKY TE'O HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHT
Published: 2013/09/27
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A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story 1970  HD MovieOnline
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story 1970 HD MovieOnline
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Shannon D. Stokes
West Bama SS Ricky Bell
West Bama SS Ricky Bell
Published: 2010/10/23
Channel: Brandon Speck
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
Ricky bell
Published: 2012/07/24
Channel: bboy239
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story 1970  Full Movie Online(HD)
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story 1970 Full Movie Online(HD)
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Paul Y. Trim
USC Tailback U
USC Tailback U
Published: 2007/11/10
Channel: troymafia
RING OF HONOR: DOUG WILLIAMS
RING OF HONOR: DOUG WILLIAMS
Published: 2015/05/14
Channel: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FAN Channel)
Ricky Bell vs David Frazier 2
Ricky Bell vs David Frazier 2
Published: 2012/12/27
Channel: Ricky Bell
On this day in Saints history-December 11th, 1977-Bucs first-ever win
On this day in Saints history-December 11th, 1977-Bucs first-ever win
Published: 2015/12/10
Channel: TaylorLumber
Rickey Bell WR Sallies
Rickey Bell WR Sallies
Published: 2011/01/21
Channel: David Jacobs
Trooper Rodriguez
Trooper Rodriguez
Published: 2010/06/26
Channel: mrsmoky1895
Madden 15 Player Franchise PS4 - Ricky Harris - Bell And Blount Busted For Drugs!
Madden 15 Player Franchise PS4 - Ricky Harris - Bell And Blount Busted For Drugs!
Published: 2014/09/01
Channel: Cruisin With Cody
Hey Hey Tampa Bay -- 1979 Bucs Fight Song
Hey Hey Tampa Bay -- 1979 Bucs Fight Song
Published: 2009/10/19
Channel: dablommer
TSB 1979 NFC Championship Bucs Vs Rams
TSB 1979 NFC Championship Bucs Vs Rams
Published: 2009/09/25
Channel: oceanic59
Ronnie Bell  Cotton Candy
Ronnie Bell Cotton Candy
Published: 2013/05/21
Channel: Sheldon Riley
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
Ricky
Ricky's Football Highlights
Published: 2014/01/20
Channel: Christian Espinoza
Happy 42nd Birthday Ricky Bell and Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary Amy Bell and Ricky Bell
Happy 42nd Birthday Ricky Bell and Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary Amy Bell and Ricky Bell
Published: 2010/09/18
Channel: JCiSwing2
Former NFL Quarterback Ryan Leaf Opens Up About Turning His Life Around
Former NFL Quarterback Ryan Leaf Opens Up About Turning His Life Around
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: TheEllenShow
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
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
1977 Week 8   Buccaneers @ Rams
1977 Week 8 Buccaneers @ Rams
Published: 2017/05/06
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
MADDEN 17 - RICKY BELL PUNT RETURN
MADDEN 17 - RICKY BELL PUNT RETURN
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: MrAmazing975
On The Clock
On The Clock's Legends of USC DVD on Amazon.com
Published: 2010/11/01
Channel: emassingale1
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Ricky Bell
No. 42
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-04-08)April 8, 1955
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Date of death: November 28, 1984(1984-11-28) (aged 29)
Place of death: 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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