Bobby Bell

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Bobby Bell
Class of 1991
Football
1960-62

Originally recruited out of Shelby, N.C., as a quarterback, Bobby Bell wound up becoming a two-time All-American tackle and even won the coveted Outland Award, given annually to the nation's top interior lineman. His transition from quarterback to tackle was hailed by sportswriters of the day as one of the modern wonders of college football. In addition, he won the conference MVP and finished third in the Heisman voting. He led the Gophers to a 22-6-1 record during his tenure in Minnesota, which included a national championship and Rose Bowl victory. Bell was such a good athlete that he was recruited to walk on to the Gopher basketball team, where he became the program's first African-American player. After graduating, Bell was drafted in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings. But, he decided to play instead for the Kansas City Chiefs of the rival AFL, where in 1970, he led his squad past those very Vikings to win Super Bowl IV. As a pro in the NFL, Bell made another transition, this time to linebacker. There he played for 13 seasons, earning All-Pro honors for eight consecutive years, and becoming the Chiefs' first inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He was later elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and was also named to the AFL's all-time team in 1969.

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