Who in the Hell Is Mike Bell?

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IISeptember 14, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mike Bell #21 of the New Orleans Saints is pushed out of bounds by Larry Foote #55 of the Detroit Lions at the Louisiana Superdome on September 13, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Who in the hell is Mike Bell? The fourth year pro out of Arizona burst on the scene with his 143 yards against Detroit on Sunday.

Bell came into the league in 2006 with the Denver Broncos and had moderate success with 677 yards rushing and 158 yards receiving. His highest total rushing was 136 yards vs the Colts.

The next year saw Bell only get three yards rushing. Bell only played in five games for the Broncos that year. Bell was released by the Broncos before the 2008 season.

The Saints picked him up in 2008 11 games into the season in 2008 and Bell would play in four of those games gaining 42 yards for the season.

Mike Bell entered they season as the third running back. But with Pierre Thomas out with a knee injury and Reggie Bush being used as a slot back Bell got the start.

What NFL.com said about Mike Bell:

"Mike Bell led New Orleans' running game with a career-high 143 yards, carrying the ball with power, speed and elusiveness and receiving a standing ovation from the Louisiana Superdome crowd when he trotted off the field late in the fourth quarter."

Other Quotes about Bell.

“(Bell) is definitely carving himself a nice niche in this offense,” Saints offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb said.

Bell said he hadn’t carried the ball that many times since his high school days.

“This is truly a blessing,” he said. “It’s easy to get down on yourself when things don’t go your way, but I had a great support system. My parents encouraged me. I’m really grateful to (Saints coach) Sean Payton and (general manager) Mickey Loomis for the opportunity.”

Now Bell will get regulated to backup when Thomas comes back but what a way to prove your worth even if it was Detroit.


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