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Le’Veon Bell had a choice back in October when the New York Jets cut him. He could pick his next destination: Kansas City or Miami. Ultimately, the 28-year-old Bell chose the Chiefs for a reason you don’t hear very often out of high-profile athletes trying to get paid and wanting the rock.
Bell actually wanted to play LESS and win a Super Bowl. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Chiefs. His wishes have come true. He had two carries in the playoffs for six yards, and the Chiefs haven’t lost since he joined the team. For Le’Veon Bell, things couldn’t be going any better.
“That night was kind of little hectic,” Bell told the media Tuesday. “The Dolphins were definitely in the mix, I was so torn between how much of a workload did I actually want vs. winning? At that time, [after my time] with the Jets, I was so focused on winning, I didn’t really care about how my production would look. It got so frustrating losing.
“I had already missed three games earlier in the season,” he added. “I [was] going to miss half the games this year. I want to go somewhere where I can still have my body and still help the team win. That’s what separated the Dolphins and the Chiefs. I felt like if I went to the Dolphins, I would have done a little more. It’s hard even trying to explain it. But it was real close between the Dolphins, Bills and Chiefs.”
Bell has 254 yards on 64 carries and two touchdowns for the carries and will be on the field at Super Bowl Sunday as Clyde Helaire-Edwards’ backup against the Buccaneers.
“I really like him. I like him as a player. He brings that veteran experience, he’s been the best in the business at what he’s done. He loves to play,” Andy Reid said about Bell this week.
Uh, as long as it’s not too much and he (maybe) wins a ring.