Bobby Bell, Class of 1983
Bobby Bell was the most highly honored college lineman of the 1962 season. His coach at the University of Minnesota described the two-time All-America choice and Outland Trophy winner as “the greatest lineman I have ever seen.”
The University of Minnesota star stunned the pro football world when he opted to sign with the Chiefs. Bell began his 12-year career with Kansas City as a defensive end.
What made Bell stand out from the crowd was his superior approach to the game, a willingness to play anywhere even when injured and his great joy at just playing the game.
In 1965, after winning all-league honors as a defensive end the previous season, Bell was shifted to outside linebacker.
As a linebacker he was named All-AFL or All-NFL every year from 1965 through 1971.
Bell was built in the shape of an inverted pyramid with massive shoulders tapering down to a 32-inch waist, which presented a fearsome appearance on the field.
During his career, the versatile Bell intercepted 26 passes, returning six for touchdowns. He also scored on an onside kick and two fumble recoveries.
Bell was the first Kansas City Chiefs player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Bobby Bell's Super Bowl IV ring.
Bobby Bell's Hall of fame mural.
Bobby Bell's Hall of Fame bust.
Entering college as a QB, the 6-4 228-pound Bell played 12 seasons for the Chiefs as a defensive end/linebacker.