Inside The Bills

What started Bell’s uphill climb

Posted by Chris Brown on May 21, 2010 – 10:08 am

Bills RB Joique Bell, an undrafted rookie free agent, had the deck stacked against him before he even got out of high school because he was more willing to be a team player.

Bell was an accomplished running back for Benton Harbor high school, but right before his senior season started he had to make a position switch for the good of the team.

“I was supposed to be just the running back, but right before the season our quarterback ended up transferring to another school,” said Bell. “So they had to put me at quarterback. As a result I didn’t have much running back film, and it’s one of the main reasons I didn’t get recruited much by schools for running back.”

Bell as a high school senior still rushed for 1,171 yards and threw for just over a thousand too, but some schools saw him as a running quarterback instead of a running back.

In the end Division II Wayne State was his choice, and again despite ridiculous numbers and being named Division II Player of the Year, an appearance in the Senior Bowl and invite to the NFL combine, Bell still went undrafted.

It’s all to the Bills benefit now.

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