Joique Bell’s football career has played out like a made for TV movie. The son of a pastor from Benton Harbor , Joique Bell stayed in his home state to play college football at Wayne State. As a running back for the division 2 Wayne State Warriors, Bell won the Harlon Hill trophy as the best player in division 2 college football. The Trophy is division 2 football equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.
Bell was drafted in 2010 by the Buffalo Bills but bounced around a number of NFL practice squads until landing in Detroit in 2011.
Since then Bell’s hard work as paid off. He made the most of his opportunities in Detroit and finally got a chance as the compliment Reggie Bush in 2013. Bell flourished in the role racking up 850 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Today Bell who made just $200,000 last season, signed a new deal that will pay him over 9 million dollars over the next three seasons. Now the former Ford Field Security guard can finally say he made it. Playing the game he loves at the sports highest level.
After hearing the news, Bell told this to Detroit Lions.com insider Tim Twentyman:
I don’t think this could have played out better in a movie. It’s my home state. I played at Wayne State. Working as a security guard (at Ford Field). Now I’m living my dream.”
I’m speechless. I feel so many different emotions going through my body right now. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, hug my mom or grab my son.”
Joique Bell’s story is the kind that Detroit sports fans love most. A Michigan boy who worked hard, succeeding against the odds while choosing to stay and play for his home town team.
Most local talent who work their way into the National spotlight leave Detroit and move on to bigger brighter cities. The fact the Bell chose sign a long-term deal with the Lions will endear him to fans and if he keeps developing he could end up as one of the most beloved athletes in Detroit.