Le’veon Bell is unarguably one of the biggest stars in the National Football League (NFL). The professional football player who currently plays as a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers has always been an outstanding football player right from his days at Groveport Madison High School, Groveport, Ohio where he was named an All-Conference running back.
After high school, he played college football at Michigan State University from 2010 till the end of his junior season in 2012. At Michigan, he led the Big Ten in rushing yards which totalled 1,793. Bell forwent his senior season for the 2013 NFL Draft and would be selected by Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the draft and he has remained with the team, becoming not just one of the franchise’ greatest assets but also one of the biggest players in the NFL.
Who Exactly is Le’veon Bell?
Bell was born in Reynoldsburg, Ohio on the 18th of February 1992 as Le’Veon Andrew Bell. He was raised by a single mother Lisa A. Bell and the name of his father is not known. He has four siblings – two older sisters and two younger brothers who also play football.
He began his career in high school playing the running back position for his school team at Groveport Madison High School, Groveport, Ohio. During his sophomore season, he had 9 touchdowns for 789 rushing yards. The figures increased during his junior season as he ran for 1,100 rushing yards with thirteen touchdowns and as a senior, Bell recorded 1,333 yards on two hundred carries with twenty-one touchdowns.
His outstanding performances earned him several awards and honours like the second-team All-OCC Ohio Division honours which he earned as a junior; as a senior, he was selected first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division. Le’veon Bell also ran track and played basketball in high school. He was one of the state’s top performers when it came high jumps, he also ran 100 and 200 meters dashes, however, he wanted football.
ESPN.com considered him a 2-star recruit and he was the #211 RB in the entire country for 2010. Despite his high school records and ratings, Bell had limited scholarship offers from school. His principal, Donis Toler Jr. believed he was being under-recruited and although Bell wanted to attend Ohio State, Toler headed to Michigan State to ask coach Mark Dantonio to give the youngster a chance on his team.
At the end of the season, Dantonio sent his RB coach to go scout for Bell, he received a scholarship offer from Michigan State; he graduated early to join the college team.
Bell played college football at Michigan State from 2010 to 2012. As a freshman, he appeared in thirteen games, rushed for six hundred and five yards on one hundred and seven carries with 8 rushing touchdowns. At the end of his first year, he earned the All Big-Ten Freshman honours from both Rivals.com and ESPN.com.
As a sophomore, he led the team in rushing with a total of 948 yards on one hundred and eighty-two carries and thirteen touchdowns. As a junior in 2012, he recorded a career-high of 253 yards which earned him the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Award. He finished his junior season with a total of 1,793 rushing yards and was second highest in the Big Ten. He also earned the First Team All-Big Ten.
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NFL Career Stats And Injury
Le’veon Bell would forgo his senior season at Michigan State for the 2013 NFL Draft and he was selected by Pittsburgh Steelers as the 48th overall pick in the second round of the draft. He was the second RB to be selected that year. Le’veon Bell signed a 4-year deal with the franchise worth $4.12 million, the deal included $2.27 million as guaranteed money and a signing bonus worth $1.37 million.
During his second preseason game, Bell suffered a mid-foot sprain, although the injury did not require surgery, it kept him on reserve for the first 3 weeks of the regular season. His NFL debut was the next season (2013-14) in the game against Minnesota Vikings.
He finished his rookie season with 860 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns and a total of 244 carries. Bell started thirteen games as a rookie and also recorded forty-five receptions for three hundred and ninety-nine yards. During the second quarter of the 2015 season, Bell suffered a serious MCL injury which kept him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
The injury, however, healed in time for the 2016-2017 season where he rushed 1,267 yards, the next season (2017-2018), he rushed for 1,291 yards, he was instrumental in Pittsburgh’s playoff runs during these seasons. In March 2018, the franchise placed a tag on Bell for the second year in a row which the RB refused to sign and would not attend any of the team’s activities. He also missed the team’s first three games in the regular season.
Details of His Salary
In 2018, Pittsburgh Steelers placed a franchise tag on Bell which came with a franchise-tagged salary of about $14.544 million but Bell refused to sign the tag, thus, it is not certain at the moment what his salary is. However, he signed a 4-year deal with the franchise in June 2013 worth $4.1 million.
His net worth is currently put at $6.7 million. His net worth is earnings from his football career as well as from his private investments and endorsement deals.
The young player has never been married and is not currently married but he does have a girlfriend. He is currently dating a lady named Marliesia Ortiz. There isn’t much information about Ortiz.