For the former rugby league player, see Jason Bell (rugby league).
Jason Bell
No. 33     
Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-04-01) April 1, 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Career information
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 2001
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2001)
Career highlights and awards
Games played     82
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Jason Dewande Bell (born April 1, 1978) is a former professional American football cornerback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants. Bell played college football at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Early life[edit | edit source]

Bell was born on April 1, 1978 in Long Beach, California to parents Cortland and Geraldine Bell. He attended Robert A. Millikan High School, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback. As a senior, he posted 70 tackles, 5 interceptions, 19 passes defensed, 26-yards average in kickoff returns, 12-yards average in punt returns, while receiving All-league and All-city honors. He finished his high school career with 196 tackles, 12 interceptions, 38 passes defensed

He also practiced track, recording 10.7 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 21.89 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 22-feet in the long jump.

College career[edit | edit source]

Bell accepted a football scholarship from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a true freshman, he played mainly on special teams. The next year, he started the final 5 games, posting 18 tackles and 4 passes defensed.

In 1998, he contributed to the team winning the Pacific-10 Conference championship, while making 38 tackles and leading the team in passes defensed (14).

In 1999, he was granted an additional year of eligibility due to a medical hardship, after his season was cut short from a surgery that removed bone spurs from his right heel. As a senior, he registered 42 tackles and 9 passes defensed. He majored in history.[1]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]

Bell was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2001 NFL Draft, and made the roster based on his strong special teams play. As a gunner, he led the team in special teams tackles with 21. He was waived on September 1, 2002.[2]

Houston Texans[edit | edit source]

On September 2, 2002, he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans and became a part of the inaugural season of the franchise. He led the team with 14 special teams tackles, even though he missed the first 3 games with a fractured right wrist.[3] He received the Ed Block Courage Award at the end of the year.

Bell would remain a core special teams player during his time with the Houston Texans. In 2003, he was second on the team with 15 special teams tackles, even though he was declared inactive for 3 games with a knee injury.

In 2004, he registered 6 special teams tackles. On November 17, he was placed on the injured reserve list after breaking his right forearm while covering a punt against the Indianapolis Colts.

New York Giants[edit | edit source]

On March 13, 2006, Bell was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Giants and was moved to safety during the season. He also played four games with a fractured right forearm he sustained in week 12 against the Tennessee Titans. Bell aggravated a back injury while working out during the offseason and was placed on the injured reserve list on July 25, 2007.[4] He retired in 2008, after having career-ending back surgery the previous year.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

After his retirement from the NFL, Bell attended the Harvard Executive Business program and transitioned into private wealth management. He joined Masters Private Client Group, where he is currently a partner, specializing in professional athletes and entertainers and their unique financial needs. He has been noted as one of the “Top 36 Football Players on Wall Street” by Business Insider.[5]

In addition to his business work, he currently works as an NFL pundit, working alongside Osi Umenyiora, for the BBC's coverage of the league on their preview and highlights shows.[6]

Bell dated Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle in 2008, and they were engaged at one point but later separated.[7][8][9] They reunited sometime in 2013, with Nadine announcing her pregnancy in August that year. She gave birth to their daughter, Anaìya, in early 2014.[10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "UCLA Athletics: Jason Bell". UCLABruins.com. 2000. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120405155311/http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/bell_jason00.html. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. "Transactions". http://proxy.espn.com/nfl/transactions?date=20020901. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. "Texans re-sign 3 reserves". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=861&dat=20030319&id=MBhZAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fUYNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4378,4636909. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. "Bell Won't Ring for Giants This Season". http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/bell-won-ring-giants-season-blog-entry-1.1658012. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. "The 36 Best Football Players On Wall Street". https://www.businessinsider.com/best-football-players-on-wall-street-2013-6?op=1. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. "BBC Sport - The NFL Show". https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b088rx4h/credits. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  7. "Girls Aloud meet Nadine's new man". http://www.digitalspy.com/showbiz/news/a129824/girls-aloud-meet-nadines-new-man/. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  8. "It must be love: Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle dolls up for ANOTHER date with American footballer". Daily Mail (London). October 21, 2008. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1079294/It-love-Girls-Aloud-star-Nadine-Coyle-dolls-ANOTHER-date-American-footballer.html. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  9. "Nadine Coyle wedding date dilemma". Sky News. June 7, 2011.
  10. "Nadine Coyle says she's 'lucky to be alive' after revealing she suffered severe carbon monoxide poisoning". Daily Mail (London). October 29, 2015. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3294988/I-felt-like-couldn-t-breathe-Nadine-Coyle-says-s-lucky-alive-revealing-suffered-severe-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-Los-Angeles-home.html. Retrieved January 15, 2018.

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