Le’Veon Bell is an American professional soccer player in the National Football League (NFL). He played soccer, basketball and ran track in high school at Groveport Madison High School in Groveport, Ohio, and then moved on to Michigan State University where he played soccer for the Michigan State Spartans soccer team.
At certain times in his career, Bell has been plagued by injuries, the last one he played with never appeared on the injury list of the year before he underwent surgery to correct it. Learn more about his injury status, including his suspension and the facts.
Le’veon Bell Bio
Le’Veon is an Aquarius since he was born on February 18, 1992. His birthplace was listed as Reynoldsburg, Ohio. It is known that Bell was born by his mother Lisa A. Bell, a single mother who was suffering financially at the time. In his family are his two sisters and two brothers who also play soccer.
He began high school at Groveport Madison High School, where he was an exceptional running back for the Groveport Cruisers soccer team. In his senior year, the boy was voted into the first team of the All-Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division and was awarded two stars by ESPN.com. Since Michigan State University had an open scholarship for a running back and many other eligible students were in trouble, Le’Veon Bell was offered a place in the Michigan State Spartans soccer program.
He played for the Spartans from 2010 to 2012. Coincidentally, he decided to give up his senior year to be eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. During his time in Michigan, he played a total of 40 games, starting at 19, with a record Att – 671, Avg – 5.0, TD – 33, Avg/G – 83.7. His reception stats were 531 yards with an average of 6.8, while he had 11 kick returns of 219 yards with an average of 19.9.
Le’Veon Bell was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round (48th round in total) of the 2013 NFL draft. Bell was the second running back selected in the draft behind the Bengalese Giovani Bernard (37th overall). He committed to papers for a four-year rookie contract worth $4.12 million with a $2.27 million guarantee and a $1.37 million signing bonus with the Steelers on June 3, 2013.
Injury Status and Why He Was Suspended
The Michigan Spartan prodigy began his rookie season with a midfoot sprain he sustained in a pre-season game in which he missed the first three games of the season. He made his debut against the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013. Le’veon Bell scored the first touchdown of his career in this game and maintained impressive form throughout the season. He scored 244 Carries with 860 rushing yards, 45 receptions over 399 yards, and 8 rushing touchdowns.
In the 2014 season, Bell broke into an all-pro game and scored 290 carries, 854 receiving yards, 8 high touchdowns, 83 receptions, 1,361 high yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns throughout his career. He was called to the Pro Bowl this season.
His 2015 season was marked by his suspension from the league after an arrest with his then-teammate LeGarrette Blount for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. On November 1, 2015, Bell suffered an injury in the MCL at the end of the season in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals after a tackle with linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The 2016 season began for him in a similar fashion after he was suspended for drug abuse in his first three games. He would also suffer a groin injury if he lost a championship game against the New England Patriots in the second quarter.
Bell has apparently turned over a new leaf, as he has not been suspended recently. Furthermore, he has not suffered any major injuries since his last injury.
Nevertheless, the Pittsburgh Steelers have imposed franchise day on him twice; the first time on February 27, 2017, and the second time on March 6, 2018, worth $14.54 million. It has been reported that in 2016 Le’ Veon Bell refused a two-year contract worth $30 million and another five-year contract worth $70 million. It was learned that the reason for the rejection of the first bid was overpricing. It is said that he also rejected the second offer because it was not evaluated correctly. For this reason, it was widely concluded that Le’Veon Bell does not play football for money.