Bobby Bell

Inducted: 1987
  • Born in 1940, Shelby, NC
  • All-State quarterback at Cleveland High School
  • Moved to defense at University of Minnesota, where he was All-American tackle
  • Won Outland Trophy as nation’s top lineman in 1962
  • Finished third in voting for Heisman Trophy, a rare achievement for a defensive lineman
  • Played in the 1963 College All-Star Game
  • Signed with Dallas Texans (who became Kansas City Chiefs) after college, becoming one of the first big-name collegians to spurn NFL for AFL
  • One of the game’s top linebackers and feared pass rusher, Played in six AFL all-star games and three Pro Bowls
  • Named to the all-time AFL team in 1969
  • Finished his pro career with 26 interceptions and nine touchdowns
  • Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame