Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell had a spectacular gain of 72-yards on his first run in the NFL against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Read more below.
The former UCLA star was just activated from the practice squad just two days prior to Sunday’s game, but that didn’t stop him from picking up Chicago’s longest run from scrimmage since 1989. His second run was an 8-yard gain, and when all was said and done he finished with four carries for 81 yards. Not bad for a professional level debut, eh?
The men creating room for the exceptional run were Jason McKie and Johnny Knox, who both had nice blocks to free the running back.
Despite the rookies best effort the Bears fell 24-20.
To prove that it wasn’t just beginners luck, Bell is going to have to show up big at next week’s game against his former team the Minnesota Vikings. The rising star was asked if he would be “more motivated” because the team currently lead by Brett Favre cut him. He replied:
“I guess I would be lying if I say no. Most of all it’s just going to be fun. I wouldn’t say revenge.”
As a biography:
When and where was Kahlil Bell born? December 10, 1986 in San Anselmo, Cal. How tall is he? 5 ft 11 in. How much does he weigh? 212 lb. What’s his age? 22. He came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent last April. He received his first opportunity to play on Sunday, November 22, 2009 and made an outstanding first impression with an 81-yard game.
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Kahlil Bell, Rookie of the Year – Yay or nay?