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. He also is a member of the Chiefs Hall, having been inducted in 1980.