For those who have not already heard, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell would like to launch a return to the league. Though it seemed like ages ago, Bell was once one of the most dominant fantasy football players in the league.
A second-round pick in 2013, Bell played five seasons for the Steelers, amassing over 5,600 total yards and 42 touchdowns. He was a routine top-5 pick in seasonal fantasy drafts at the time and well on his way to becoming one of the best fantasy football players ever.
But things changed in 2018 when Bell decided not to sign the franchise tag that the Steelers had placed on him and instead, sat out the entire season. Things would never be the same for him.
Ahead of the 2019 season, he signed a huge contract with the New York Jets, but was no better than a marginal player for them in parts of two seasons. He then had stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, looking to get back to the status he once had, but he never came close.
Now, he seems at least partially motivated to go back on the mistake he made, because he seems interested in playing for the Steelers and the Steelers only if he is able to get back into the NFL. Bell had this to say:
""And I will only come back for that one team. You all know who it is. I don't have to say no team. You all know who it is. I never apologized to the fans for sitting out, or leaving the Steelers, I never apologized. So, I want to say I apologize for leaving the best damn fans there is in this damn world. I shouldn't have left. I apologize, I should never have left. I apologize. That's my fault. That's on me.""
Following the end of his football career, Bell, still looking for glory, took up boxing. He was able to knock out fellow running back Adrian Peterson in an exhibition bout but did not have as much luck when facing a man with more fighting experience in Uriah Hall. He then defeated British YouTube personality JMX last March but appears ready to return to the gridiron before putting the boxing gloves on again.
Bell will turn 32 years old this Sunday. While it's not impossible for him to make a comeback at this stage in his career, it certainly seems unlikely. But, it's also something for fantasy football players to keep tabs on.