The decision to leave Michigan State early may have left a gaping hole in the Spartans offense for the 2013 season. However, the chance to take his game to the next level was one the Columbus, Ohio native was not able to pass up and realized his dream when the Pittsburgh Steelers made the call.
“I was so excited to hear Mike Tomlin on the line,” Bell said. “It’s a dream come true to be selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Tomlin said the organization loved the way I ran. He was surprised that I was still available and said the Steelers couldn’t pass me up. It’s the best phone call I’ve ever received.
“Coach Tomlin and I first met at the NFL Combine. It was there that I first learned how much the team liked my running style and pass-catching ability out of the backfield. I had another opportunity to visit with him around our Pro Day, but you never know about the draft process. I’m just glad that it turned out the way that it did. I’m beyond happy.”
Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio was not surprised by Bell’s early selection.
“Le’Veon Bell is a complete football player,” said Dantonio. “He led the Big Ten and finished third in the nation with nearly 1,800 rushing yards. With more than 380 carries, Le’Veon proved his physical durability. He is a proven commodity as a pass receiver out of the backfield, a solid pass-blocker and someone who can contribute on special teams. With his versatility, Le’Veon can have an impact in a lot of different ways.”