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Ohio Steeler
06-22-2006, 12:18 PM
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Former NFL wide receiver and return specialist Theo Bell, whose 10-year career in the league included a pair of Super Bowl victories with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Wednesday at age 52 after a long battle with kidney disease.

Bell was diagnosed in 2000 with polycystic kidney disease, a condition in which cysts attack the kidneys. More recently he also suffered from scleroderma, a disease which causes a hardening of the skin and damage to internal organs. The scleroderma had severely damaged Bell's lungs.

Bell, the Steelers' fourth-round choice from Arizona in the 1976 draft, played five seasons in Pittsburgh (1976-80), then signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in 1981, and played five seasons with the Bucs (1981-85). With the Steelers, he won Super Bowl rings for victories in Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV, playing as the team's No. 4 wide receiver and as a punt returner and on special teams coverage units.

In 10 seasons, Bell appeared in 127 games. He caught 136 passes for 2,375 yards and eight touchdowns and returned 189 punts for an 8.0-yard average.

After his career, Bell, who had been raised in a series of foster homes in California, became involved in a number of charitable endeavors in the Tampa community. The most prominent was the GEARUP program, which originated at the University of South Florida, in which a mentor counsels a group of children from middle school and follows their progress through high school. Bell was particularly involved with Blake High School in Tampa.

At the time of his death, Bell was on waiting lists for kidney and lung transplants, but had been hospitalized for two months and was undergoing dialysis three times a week.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2496162

Ohio Steeler
06-22-2006, 12:19 PM
:tombstone Theo Bell steeler nation will miss you :crying01:

nicesteel4life
06-22-2006, 12:28 PM
:tombstone: Great Man of the game is gone! Was a pure pleasure to meet and talk with him a few years back at a Show in Monroeville. Will be Sadly Missed by the NATION:crying01: Prayers out to his Family

SteelerFanInCA
06-22-2006, 12:29 PM
Man, I remember watching this guy play as a kid.

R.I.P

Nedyah Werd
06-22-2006, 12:30 PM
T Bell.

I haven't said that name in a long time. RIP.

DIESELMAN
06-22-2006, 12:56 PM
Wow....its been a long time since I've heard his name. I remember watching him play. Sad.....Go to a better place Theo 'RIP'.....

Atlanta Dan
06-22-2006, 02:36 PM
T. Bell was the #4 receiver, but the first 3 were Swann, Stallworth, and the underrated Jim Smith. That late '70s quartet + Bradshaw would have shredded defenses under today's rules.

Another '70s Steeler dies young. I know pro football players have reduced life spans, but its seems that '70s team has really been hit hard.

R.I.P.

Steel12
06-22-2006, 03:11 PM
R.I.P.

Cape Cod Steel Head
06-22-2006, 03:26 PM
R.I.P. T. Bell

Prosdo
06-22-2006, 03:38 PM
RIP Theo Bell! My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Ambridge
06-22-2006, 04:44 PM
Damn!!
It's almost like 3-4 former Steelers are passing every year as of late.

:tombstone-Theo

Stlrs4Life
06-22-2006, 09:38 PM
Wow! RIP Theo.

Haiku_Dirtt
06-22-2006, 11:34 PM
T. Bell was the #4 receiver, but the first 3 were Swann, Stallworth, and the underrated Jim Smith. That late '70s quartet + Bradshaw would have shredded defenses under today's rules.

Another '70s Steeler dies young. I know pro football players have reduced life spans, but its seems that '70s team has really been hit hard.

R.I.P.


This is really sad.

This may or may not be wild speculation. Many factors can go into early departures from this great planet.

But I think the sports world - well all of society - might need to brace themselves for a decade or more of more stories like this. Canseco may or may not be a rat but lying?

Human kidneys and animal growth hormones go together like oil and water. :ouch:

And by the way sports writers...when you admit to using "the clear" and "the cream" because you "thought it was flaxseed oil" (yeah flaxseed - not ROFL) but ultimately you find out that they were indeed steriods then you were not "allegedly using steroids."

YOU WERE USING STERIODS. What you were ALLEGEDLY doing is USING FLAXSEED. Unfair competition isn't limited to inside the Beltway and the Corporate World...ohhh yeah and China.

redst3
06-23-2006, 06:52 AM
I know long time fans like myself and several other guys in the thred remember Theo running punts back in the late 70's. RIP, thats too young to die.....

83-Steelers-43
06-23-2006, 09:36 AM
RIP Theo. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. God Bless.

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Blitzburgh55
06-23-2006, 10:14 AM
R.I.P Bell

clevestinks
06-23-2006, 11:46 AM
I have his autograph from when I met him in `80. Good guy, was the Steelers 70`s teams cursed or what?

nicesteel4life
06-25-2006, 12:46 PM
A man gives his blood, sweat and tears to a team and only 15 people say goodbye.
Another TRUE STEELER from the 70's goes and visits Mr Rooney in the sky.

SteelCityMan786
06-25-2006, 02:35 PM
RIP Bell. We'll miss ya man.

SteelerFan091472
06-28-2006, 07:05 PM
RIP Theo Bell. :frown: