Jason Bell (American Football)
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Jason Bell American Football

Jason Bell
No. 33
Position:Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Born: (1978-04-01) April 1, 1978 (age 43)
Long Beach, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Robert A. Millikan
(Long Beach, California)
College:UCLA
Undrafted:2001
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:82
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jason Dewande Bell (born April 1, 1978) is an American former professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants. Bell played college football for the UCLA Bruins.

Early life

Bell was born on April 1, 1978 in Long Beach, California to parents Cortland and Geraldine Bell. He attended Robert A. Millikan High School, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback. As a senior, he posted 70 tackles, 5 interceptions, 19 passes defensed, 26-yards average in kickoff returns, 12-yards average in punt returns, while receiving All-league and All-city honors. He finished his high school career with 196 tackles, 12 interceptions, 38 passes defensed

He also practiced track, recording 10.7 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 21.89 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 22-feet in the long jump.

College career

Bell accepted a football scholarship from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a true freshman, he played mainly on special teams for the Bruins. The next year, he started the final 5 games, posting 18 tackles and 4 passes defended.

In 1998, he contributed to the team winning the Pacific-10 Conference championship, while making 38 tackles and leading the team in passes defended (14).

In 1999, he was granted an additional year of eligibility due to a medical hardship, after his season was cut short from a surgery that removed bone spurs from his right heel. As a senior, he registered 42 tackles and 9 passes defended. He majored in history.[1]

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Bell was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2001 NFL Draft, and made the roster based on his strong special teams play. As a gunner, he led the team in special teams tackles with 21. He was waived on September 1, 2002.[2]

Houston Texans

On September 2, 2002, he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans and became a part of the inaugural season of the franchise. He led the team with 14 special teams tackles, even though he missed the first 3 games with a fractured right wrist.[3] He received the Ed Block Courage Award at the end of the year.

Bell would remain a core special teams player during his time with the Houston Texans. In 2003, he was second on the team with 15 special teams tackles, even though he was declared inactive for 3 games with a knee injury.

In 2004, he registered 6 special teams tackles. On November 17, he was placed on the injured reserve list after breaking his right forearm while covering a punt against the Indianapolis Colts.

New York Giants

On March 13, 2006, Bell was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Giants and was moved to safety during the season. He also played four games with a fractured right forearm he sustained in week 12 against the Tennessee Titans. Bell aggravated a back injury while working out during the offseason and was placed on the injured reserve list on July 25, 2007.[4] He retired in 2008, after having career-ending back surgery the previous year.

Personal life

After his retirement from the NFL, he transitioned into private wealth management. He joined Masters Private Client Group, where he is currently a partner, specializing in professional athletes and entertainers and their unique financial needs. He has been noted as one of the "Top 36 Football Players on Wall Street" by Business Insider.[5]

In addition to his business work, he currently works as an NFL pundit, working alongside Osi Umenyiora, for the BBC's coverage of the league on their preview and highlights shows.[6]

Bell dated Nadine Coyle from British girl group Girls Aloud in 2008, and they were engaged at one point but later separated.[7][8] They reunited sometime in 2013, with Nadine announcing her pregnancy in August that year. She gave birth to their daughter, Anaíya, in early 2014.[9] The couple split in 2019 but still remain friends.[10]

On September 1, 2020, it was announced that Bell would be a contestant on season 18 of the British TV dancing contest Strictly Come Dancing, the originator of the global Dancing with the Stars franchise. He was partnered with Luba Mushtuk. In week three he was in the dance-off against Nicola Adams and Katya Jones and lost, therefore leaving the show.

References

  1. ^ "UCLA Athletics: Jason Bell". UCLABruins.com. 2000. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Texans re-sign 3 reserves". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Bell Won't Ring for Giants This Season". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "The 36 Best Football Players On Wall Street". Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "BBC Sport - The NFL Show". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Girls Aloud meet Nadine's new man". Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Nadine Coyle wedding date dilemma". Sky News. June 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "One child is enough... I couldn't handle the stress of having more' reveals Nadine Coyle". evoke.ie. 20 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Jason Bell talks close bond with Nadine Coyle and daughter Anaiya despite split". HELLO!. October 18, 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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