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After graduating from Ohio State University as a four-year starter at defensive back, including a famous, game-winning touchdown his junior year against rival Michigan, Bell was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Bears.
He played with the team from 1981 to 1984, earning a Pro Bowl nomination in his fourth year. Bell was known on the team for his hits on opposing team players, and for his off-the-field reputation as a prankster. Bell sat out the entire 1985 season due to a contract dispute with the team - and missed being part of one of the most dominating Super Bowl teams of all time. His replacement, Dave Duerson , also went on to be selected for the Pro Bowl that year.
Bell returned in 1986, but a hamstring injury and the contract dispute still lingered over his tenure with the Bears, and he signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in the off-season. He played two years with the Eagles before retiring in 1988.
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