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Former Chiefs star linebacker Bobby Bell gets college degree

Former Chiefs linebacker Bobby Bell, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and an All-American at the University of Minnesota, finally got his college degree from his alma mater.
Former Chiefs linebacker Bobby Bell, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and an All-American at the University of Minnesota, finally got his college degree from his alma mater.

Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell has added another accomplishment to his illustrious career.

College graduate.

Bell, 74, recently completed the 12 hours he needed for a degree in Parks and Recreation at the University of Minnesota and will receive his degree in graduation ceremonies next May 14.

“I wanted to finish,” said Bell, who began taking the required courses on line last spring. “I’ve got all the awards, and I promised my dad and my family I would get my degree. I just kept putting it off. You’re never too old.”

Bell, a native of Shelby, N.C., won the 1962 Outland Trophy and All-American status at Minnesota at a time when segregation prevented him from attending college at nearby schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Bell was drafted by the Chiefs in 1963 and went on to help the club to two Super Bowls, highlighted by the victory in Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings. Bell was voted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1980 and became the first player to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

But Bell, who funds a scholarship at the University of Minnesota, felt he still had some unfinished business.

“My name is on the stadium there,” Bell said. “It was important for me to show those who receive that scholarship that I could go back and do this.”

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