Le’Veon Bell is finally making a final decision about his playing career.
Speaking with Sporting News’ Karisa Maxwell, the former dynamic running back revealed that football is in his “rear view” as he continues his plunge into professional boxing.
Bell has his next boxing matchup as he is set to fight Joel Morris — better known as YouTube personality “JMX” — at the upcoming Misfits Boxing 6 event on April 21 in New Orleans.
Bell’s Misfits Boxing debut will be his third boxing match, following an amateur bout against fellow NFL star Adrian Peterson at Social Gloves 2 in September 2022 and a pro bout with former UFC middleweight contender Uriah Hall the following October on the Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva undercard.
After a successful college career at Michigan State, where he was a consensus All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Bell was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He quickly became one of the most productive and dynamic running backs in the league, known for his ability to catch passes out of the backfield and his patient, shifty running style.
In 2014, Bell led the NFL with 2,215 yards from scrimmage, rushing for 1,361 yards and catching 83 passes for 854 yards. He was named First-Team All-Pro and earned his first Pro Bowl selection. He followed that up with another productive season in 2015, rushing for 556 yards and catching 24 passes for 136 yards in just six games before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
In 2018, he opted to sit out the entire season rather than sign the franchise tag that the team had placed on him. He was in search of a big deal. It was at that point that Bell agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets that he’d never live up to.
He struggled to find success in their offense and was released in 2020.
Bell then signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, but again failed to live up to expectations and was eventually released in 2021.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.