Le'Veon Bell Makes Ridiculous Comments on NFL Future

Le'Veon Bell says he has no plans to play in the NFL in 2022.
Le'Veon Bell says he has no plans to play in the NFL in 2022. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

NFL running back Le'Veon Bell has decided he no longer wants to be that, he now wants to be Le'Veon Bell the boxer. Bell claimed this during a promotional press conference for his upcoming fight against another former NFL running back, Adrian Peterson.

Le'Veon Bell Fight

What makes these comments so ridiculous is that Le'Veon Bell hasn't been an NFL running back for a long time, at least not a very good one. Bell's last Pro Bowl season was with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017, when he was widely considered the best running back in the NFL.

Since then, Bell's contract dispute caused him to miss the entire 2018 season, which he then followed up with a very disappointing one season and change with the New York Jets, then short stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers between 2020-2021, all more disappointing than the previous.

Since 2017, Bell hasn't cracked 800 rushing yards in a season. He had a combined 328 in 2020 and a whopping 101 in 2021 on a career-low 2.6 yards per carry. While it's great to see that Bell has finally found another calling or at least a post-football plan, his choice to not play in the NFL this year seems much more like a unified decision from 32 NFL teams than it was Bell's.

Could he have gotten a training camp invite? Potentially. But the last few years are a pretty strong indicator of how that all would have turned out for a 30-year-old running back that hasn't produced in at least three years.

His fight against Adrian Peterson is schedule for July 30 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

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