The 1981 fourth round pick out of Ohio State made the Pro Bowl following the ‘84 campaign. He was third on that team in tackles (77) and interceptions (4), and he had 4¨ sacks. He built a reputation for being a physical safety that would layout opposing receivers.
While Bell played for five seasons for the Bears, he may be best remembered for sitting out the 1985 Super Bowl season because of a contract dispute with the team. Dave Duerson replaced him at strong safety and went to the Pro Bowl.
Bell returned to the field in 1986, but was never the same player. He spent the final two years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, who were coached by former Bear defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan.
In 103 games with the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, Bell finished with 7 interceptions, 2 touchdowns and 10 sacks.