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Bobby Bell - Springfield, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 07.218 W 093° 13.001
15S E 480750 N 4108239
Quick Description: Bust Kansas City Chiefs professional football player on the grounds of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/26/2011 7:52:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMD6HF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Bronze bust of professional defensive football player Bobby Bell. The bust sits on a stone and concrete pedestal with a plaque.

From Wikipedia:

Bobby Lee Bell, Sr (born June 17, 1940) is a former professional American football linebacker/defensive end. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and was a member of the Chiefs' team that won Super Bowl IV against the Minnesota Vikings.

He excelled in several sports at a then-segregated Cleveland High School in Shelby, North Carolina, where his first two years he played six-man football at halfback. During his junior year, his school converted to playing an eleven-man team where Bell served as quarterback. He won All-State honors.

At the University of Minnesota, Bell was switched to the defensive line and was a two time All-American (1961 & 1962), winner of the 1962 Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding interior lineman, and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. The Gophers with Bell were the 1960 National Champions, played in the 1961 Rose Bowl, and won the 1962 Rose Bowl Championship. Bell was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

He played for the Kansas City Chiefs, first in the American Football League from 1963 through 1969, and then in the NFL from 1970 through 1974. Bell was an AFL All-Star for six consecutive years, 1964 through 1969, and then an NFL Pro Bowler for three straight years (1970-1972).

He was on two AFL Championship teams and a World Championship team. He was named to the All-Time All-AFL Team in 1970. He was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1980, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. The Chiefs retired his uniform number 78. In 1999, he was ranked number 66 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

One of Bell's finest moments came in the 1969 AFL divisional playoff game against the New York Jets. In a critical goal line stand, his key coverage on Jets running back Matt Snell stopped the drive and forced New York to kick a field goal. The 13-6 victory over the Jets propelled Kansas City to its only Super Bowl triumph."

From plaque:

Bobby Bell

Born in Shelby, NC 1940 to
Pink and Zannie Bell
Attended Cleveland High School
and the University of Minnesota
Father to Tracie, Bobby, Jr., and Jushua

Two-time All-American linebacker/defensive end
At the University of Minnesota

College football's Outland Trophy winner - 1962

Played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1963 - 1974

Led Kansas City to Supper bowl I appearance
and Super Bowl IV Championship

Garnered 26 carreer interceptions returning six
for touchdowns and ran back on on-side kik for a touchdown

Six-time AFL All-Star Game selection

Three-time NFL Pro Bowl Game selection

Member of the AFL's All-Time Team

Member of the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team

Member of the Shelby, NC and University of
Minnesota Halls of Fame

Pro Football Hall of Fame - 1983

First Kansas City Chiefs player
to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

North Carolina Sports Hall of  Fame -1987

College Football Hall of Fame - 1992

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame - 1995

Recognized As A
Missouri Sports Legend
September 2006
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