Le’Veon Bell is one of the best running backs in the NFL. Although his quick, powerful, and ultra athletic physical skills are part of the reason, another big factor is simply his style. He doesn’t play running back like a traditional running back. He doesn’t decide where he’s running before the ball is snapped and he definitely doesn’t hit the hole.
Instead, he’s calm. Patient. Almost tranquil in the chaos, as he waits for the right opportunity to open up. It flies in the face of traditional football coaching, but Bell makes it work like magic.
This run defines Le’Veon Bell. Outstanding patience + lateral agility
— Josh Cohen (@jco3215) December 7, 2016
Bell thinks his tactics are so unique, he recently compared them to another athlete who redefined a skillset — two time NBA MVP Steph Curry and ridiculous three-point shooting.
“I think I’m changing the game,” Bell said, according to Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne. “In that sense, I’m what Steph Curry is to basketball. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily think Steph Curry is the best basketball player, but he changed the game so he’s going to always go down as being remembered. Now, everyone wants to shoot the three and shoot it from deep.”
Bell also urged fans and analysts to not simply define him as a “running back,” saying that the NFL has evolved to the point where great players will have to adapt to all situations — running, catching, blocking, kick returns, etc…
“I play this game to win Super Bowls and be a Hall of Famer,” Bell said. “I want to be remembered as, if not the best, then one of the best players ever. Not just running backs – players. I don’t want to be a guy who’s just known as a running back. I want to be a guy who’s known for all situations.”
Bell’s last two seasons began with suspensions due to a DUI arrest and marijuana possession (2015) and missing a random drug test (2016). However, when he is on the field he’s one of the most dangerous offensive players in the entire league and a major reason that Steelers continue to have winning seasons.