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5. Bobby Bell

In terms of athleticism Bobby Bell was well ahead of his time as he was a larger athlete (though he would not be considered that today) with blistering speed.  Bell was named the Outland Trophy winner at the University of Minnesota and when the Chiefs drafted him late in the 1963 Draft they may not have expected to sign him, but luckily for them they did. 

Following a solid rookie season, Bell would be named a First Team AFL All Star in the next six seasons and the leader of an excellent Kansas City defense.  Following the merger, he was a Pro Bowler in the next three seasons.

Bell could do it all on defense and while none of his 40 Quarterback Sacks are recognized (because he did them before it became an official statistic) his 26 picks make him an unofficial member of the 20-20 club.  Bell was also regarded as one of the elite open field tacklers of his day. 

Arguably, without Bobby Bell the Chiefs defense would not have been at the status where they would win two AFL titles in the 60’s and Super Bowl IV.

The Chiefs retired his number 78 and in 1983 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End, Linebacker
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 7th Round, 56th Overall 12/1/62.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1974 Season.
  • Games Played: 168
  • Notable Statistics:

    94 Games Started

    26 Interceptions

    479 Interception Yards

    9 Fumble Recoveries

    8 Defensive Touchdowns

    40 Quarterback Sacks (Unofficial)
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (IV)

    AFL Champion (1966 & 1969)

    First Team All Pro (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 & 1970)

    AFL All Star (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 & 1969)

    Pro Bowl Selection (1970, 1971 & 1972)

    Highest Approximate Value (1) (AFL) (1969)
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