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Several readers have advised us that former NFL running back Tatum Bell, whose football career apparently ended when he swiped the luggage of Rudi Johnson upon learning that Rudi had swiped his job, is now working as a cell phone salesperson.
He’s apparently back in the Denver area, which means that he’s certain to be recognized, given that he played for the Broncos n 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Bell made big news in early September for the incident.  Stating “Tatum Bell’s not no thief,” he claimed at the time that he thought Johnson’s bags belonged to Victor DeGrate, a former member of the Lions who’d asked Bell to retrieve his stuff.  DeGrate later refuted Bell’s account.
In the wake of the initial report of Bell’s bellhop routine, several league insiders told us that Bell would not find other work in the NFL, since a reputation of stealing from teammates is the kiss of death in the locker room.

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14 Responses to “TATUM HAS A NEW GIG?”
  1. titans_fan says: Oct 18, 2008 10:45 PM

    Karmas a bitch!
    So here’s a guy who’s made at least $1 million by the time he’s 25 yet less than 2 months after being cut he’s having to cut out a living selling cell phones. Nice!

  2. 1stngoal says: Oct 18, 2008 10:48 PM

    Cell phone salesman??? Welcome back to the real world,scrub!!!haha….

  3. INVAIDUH says: Oct 18, 2008 10:49 PM

    From riding a wave to crashing into the coral.
    Great job thinking it through…
    Try not to steal any sales from your new co-workers.
    From MILLIONS to thousands…Great plan.

  4. LucenaTDB says: Oct 18, 2008 11:01 PM

    Reminds of when Albert Connell then of the Saints stole $4,000 from the locker of Deuce McAllister. He was done in the NFL after that.

  5. desides says: Oct 18, 2008 11:10 PM

    A cell phone salesperson? So, he works for PFT now?

  6. ROY11 says: Oct 18, 2008 11:36 PM

    Didn’t he graduate from college?

  7. garyofferdahl says: Oct 18, 2008 11:37 PM

    They better get a security camera for ol sticky fingers…which is a fitting yet ironic nickname considering he couldn’t hold onto a football.

  8. vegas42 says: Oct 19, 2008 12:37 AM

    Roy11, I don’t know if Bellhop actually got a degree, but did you read his response to Rudi-gate? Even if Tatum graduated, I don’t think his degree is worth very much, just judging from his communication skills…

  9. nflhof says: Oct 19, 2008 12:56 AM

    Shanarat can have him take a lie detector and he can sign up to be a Donkey!

  10. Pea Tear Griffin says: Oct 19, 2008 1:28 AM

    I guess not for Sprint, cos that woulda been BIG NEWS for you Florio! I could just imagine an article involving a former NFL player and the new Sprint phone with NFL Total Access!

  11. jboccuto says: Oct 19, 2008 1:40 AM

    “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”
    Tha Rags to Riches to Multiple Children to Rags Tragedy of Tatum Bell

  12. I Aint No Tatum Bell says: Oct 19, 2008 10:31 AM

    I aent no selfone salsmen

  13. east96st says: Oct 19, 2008 11:00 AM

    Can you hear me now? Stealing makes you an asshole. Stealing from co-workers makes you an unemployed asshole. Now, the big question – who in their right mind would trust this guy with their social security number, address, and credit card that you need to get a new cellphone?

  14. a Cheerleader says: Oct 19, 2008 11:55 AM

    He probably doesn’t know what those are.

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