Born: August 30, 1957 - Wichita, KS
Graduated: Bishop Carroll High School, 1975; Colorado State University, 1979
Mike Bell, a defensive lineman from Wichita, possessed an astonishing blend of speed and strength that made him nearly impossible to block at every level of his career. Those attributes, combined with his sheer love of the game, propelled Bell into stardom in the collegiate and professional football ranks.
Bell and his twin brother Mark were standouts at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita. Bell was named a Wichita Eagle "Top Eleven" pick his senior year for the Eagles after recording eleven sacks from his defensive end position.
Career at Colorado State
Following his prep career, Bell signed on to play with the Colorado State University Rams. He first caught national attention his sophomore year in Fort Collins when he recorded 86 tackles and ten sacks on his way to being named a Football News Sophomore All-American. The following season, Bell again earned All-America status by making 103 tackles, fifteen sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Despite an injury-shortened senior campaign, Bell once again earned All-America honors and finished second in the voting for the Outland Trophy given to the nation's best interior lineman.
Bell in the NFL
Bell was selected as the second overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. During his rookie season, he recorded five and a half sacks. In 1983, Bell registered ten sacks and 75 tackles and followed that in 1984 with a career best thirteen and a half sacks. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 1983 and 1984. During his twelve year career, Bell led the Chiefs in sacks twice and his 51 career sacks ranked second in franchise history when he retired in 1991. He also recorded 490 tackles and had 10 fumble recoveries during his professional career.
Bell was named as one of the top 20 Wichita high school athletes of the century and a member of the Colorado State University All-Century team. He is an inductee of the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame, the Colorado State University Hall of Fame, and the Kansas Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame.