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Ricky Bell
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Football Player
    (April 8, 1955-November 28, 1984)
    Born in Houston, Texas
    Drafted #1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1977)
    Running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1977-81) and San Diego Chargers (1982)
    3,063 career rushing yards
    Younger brother of singer Archie Bell
    Died at 29 of heart disease caused by dermatomyositis
    Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (2004)
    He shares his name with one of the members of New Edition (and Bell Biv Devoe).
    He said about being drafted by the 0-14 Bucs, 'It can't get worse.'
    He was the first NFL rookie to sign a million-dollar contract.
    He had an injury-plagued rookie season.
    In his junior year at USC, he led the nation in rushing with 1,875 yards (1975).
    He was nicknamed 'the work horse' for his dedication and intensity in practice.
    He played a key role in leading Tampa Bay to its first post-season appearance and first playoff game win (1979).
    He was forced to leave football when dermatomyositis left him unable to even lift his three year old daughter.

Credit: C. Fishel

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