|Position:||Cornerback / Safety|
|Born:||April 1, 1978|
Long Beach, California
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||196 lb (89 kg)|
|High school:||Robert A. Millikan|
(Long Beach, California)
|Career NFL statistics|
|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.
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
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. He retired in 2008, after having career-ending back surgery the previous year.
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.
Bell dated Nadine Coyle from British girl group Girls Aloud in 2008, and they were engaged at one point but later separated. They reunited sometime in 2013, with Nadine announcing her pregnancy in August that year. She gave birth to their daughter, Anaíya, in early 2014. The couple split in 2019 but still remain friends.
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.