The message was about as short as his time on the field Sunday. Kansas City Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell posted one word on Twitter Sunday night after his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, dropped their second straight game after beginning the season 11-0. That one word didn’t sit well with many Steelers fans.
Le’Veon Bell was a star with the Pittsburgh Steelers
After playing his college football at Michigan State, running back Le’Veon Bell was a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers took Bell with the 48t overall pick and he wound up being a steal. Bell quickly made an impact, rushing for 860 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games during his rookie season.
Bell has proven to be much more than a runner. He’s a dual-threat out of the backfield. Bell had his best season in his second year in the league when he rushed for a career-high 1,361 yards and added eight rushing touchdowns. He also collected a career-high 854 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions, while earning Pro-Bowl honors.
Bell made the Pro Bowl three times in his five seasons with the Steelers. In his final year with the team in 2017, Bell led the league in rushing attempts with 321. He finished with 1,291 rushing yards and a career-high nine touchdowns on the ground. He added two more scores through the air while racking up 655 receiving yards. Bell missed the entire 2018 season in a contract dispute.
Life after the Pittsburgh Steelers
In March of 2019, after sitting out the entire 2018 season in a contract dispute, Le’Veon Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the New York Jets. He’s never been the same player. In Bell’s first year with the Jets, he played in 15 games and rushed for 789 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 85 passes for 655 yards and two touchdowns.
This season, he played two games for the Jets before being released. After trying to decide between the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Kansas City Chiefs, Bell opted to sign with the Chiefs. With rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire having gotten off to a promising start, it was a surprising choice for Bell if he wanted significant playing time.
Bell has played seven games, starting one, for the Chiefs. In seven games, he has 162 rushing yard and a touchdown. He has 11 catches for 76 yards. His deal with the Chiefs is for this year only.
Bell not endearing himself to Steelers fans
Le’Veon Bell’s former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, have moved on quite nicely without him. They got off to an 11-0 start this season and have been battling Bell’s Kansas City Chiefs for the top spot in the AFC. Kansas City has one loss. The Steelers have now lost their last two games, giving the Chiefs the top seed in the AFC.
When the Steelers fell to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night, the Chiefs vaulted past them for the top seed and a shot at the only bye in the conference for the postseason. After the game, Bell took to Twitter with a one-word tweet that didn’t sit well with Steelers fans. Bell simply posted, “1st.” He added a smiling emoji.
Responding via Twitter, fans blasted Bell for his two carries and 21 rushing yards in Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. “New flash. The Chiefs would be doing this without you,” another person wrote. It seems as if Bell is content with sitting back and enjoying the ride while annoying those who used to root for him.