American Football Database
American Football Database
Kahlil Bell
Bell with the Bears in 2011
No. 32, 21, 22     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-10) December 10, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Santa Rosa, California
Career information
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2009)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Rushing attempts     148
Rushing yards     633
Rushing touchdowns     0
Receptions     22
Receiving yards     150
Receiving touchdowns     1
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Kahlil Edward Bell (born December 10, 1986) is a former American football running back. He played college football at UCLA. Bell was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He was also played for the Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Bell was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2009. He was waived on August 16, 2009.[1]

Chicago Bears

Bell was signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad on September 16, 2009. He was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on November 20, 2009, to replace an injured Garrett Wolfe.

His first NFL carry on November 22, 2009 was a 72-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles on NBC Sunday Night Football.[2] This was an NFL record for longest first carry of a career at the time. Jalen Richard of the Oakland Raiders first ever NFL carry, on September 11 2016 against the New Orleans Saints, was a 75-yard Touchdown run, and is the current record. His first NFL touchdown catch was a 25-yard reception against the Seattle Seahawks on December 18, 2011.

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Bell with the Packers

In 2011, after an injury to Matt Forté and Marion Barber, Bell became the starting running back for the Week 16 and 17 games against the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings after beating out undrafted rookie Armando Allen. Bell also played in the Bears loss against the Denver Broncos.[3] Bell and backup quarterback Josh McCown both generated more than 400 yards in the Packers game. Bell would record 121 on 23 attempts, and caught 4 passes for 38 yards.[4]

In 2012, Bell became an unrestricted free agent, and the Bears extended a qualifying offer to him, which he accepted on April 14, 2012.[5] The contract was worth one-year and $1.26 million. He was waived on August 23, 2012 when he refused to have his contract reduced to $700,000.[6] He was re-signed by the Bears on September 15, 2012 after starting running back Matt Forte went down with an injury.[7] Bell was later waived on October 15.[8]

New York Jets

Bell was signed by the New York Jets on November 13, 2012 following injuries to running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight.[9] He was waived on December 11, 2012.[10]

Second stint with the Chicago Bears

On December 18, 2012, Bell was brought back by the Bears after Michael Bush was placed on injured reserve.[11]

Second stint with the New York Jets

On August 11, 2013, Bell was signed by the New York Jets after running back John Griffin was waived due to a broken leg.[12] He was released on September 1, 2013.[13]

Green Bay Packers

On December 2, 2013, Bell was signed by the Green Bay Packers.[14] He was not re-signed at the end of the season, making him a free agent.

Professional wrestling career

Bell participated in season 6 of WWE Tough Enough.[15] Although he initially was part of the 13 official participants, he didn't pass the medical evaluations and was eliminated from the contest.[16]

Personal life

Kahlil was born to his parents Michael and Elizabeth Bell. He has two brothers, Roechard and Darius, and three sisters, Danielle, Nerisa and Legalo. After football, Bell returned to UCLA, and completed his degree in History, which he earned in the Spring of 2017.


  1. Mike Wobschall. "Vikings Blog | Vikings Waive RB Kahlil Bell". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  2. "Bell dashes 72 yards with first NFL carry". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  3. "Loss to Pack ends Bears' playoff hopes". 2011-12-25. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  4. "Bell, McCown give offense a boost". 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  5. "Bears extend tender to Kahlil Bell". 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  6. "Kahlil Bell waived by Chicago Bears". 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  7. Mayer, Larry (2012-09-13). "Bears sign Kahlil Bell". Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  8. "Bears set to release RB Bell". Chicago Tribune. 2012-10-15.,0,4263161.story. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  9. Cimini, Rich (13 November 2012). "Jets release Aaron Maybin". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  10. Orr, Conor (11 December 2012). "Jets waive RB Kahlil Bell, Braylon Edwards considered for open roster spot". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  11. Associated Press (2012-12-18). "Bears place Bush on IR with rib injury". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  12. Cimini, Rich (11 August 2013). "Chris Ivory expects to play Saturday". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  13. Lange, Randy (1 September 2013). "3 Arrive Via Waivers; 7 Added to Practice Squad". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  14. "Packers sign RB Kahlil Bell, release S Jerron McMillian". December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  15. "Former Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell a finalist for WWE's Tough Enough". June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  16. Tough Enough Update-

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