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Josh Bell wants to know why he’s not getting a Super Bowl ring

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In a story that reminds us a little of the team photo story before the Super Bowl, the Packers are getting some attention this week for who they haven’t invited to Thursday’s Super Bowl ring ceremony.

Josh Bell, who spent the year on injured reserve after playing with the team in 2009, wants to know why he isn’t going.

“This is kind of a surprise. It’s unfortunate,” his agent Frederick Lyles told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I don’t know if it’s an oversight, considering the attention being paid to the lockout. We just haven’t been able to reach them and find out.”

Bell will get a Super Bowl bonus share, as mandated by the league. But the team can give a ring to whoever they want.  Silverstein writes Bell “probably” isn’t the only player that spent time on the roster who won’t get a ring, but he may be the only I.R. player to get shafted.

“The thing is he’s a part of the team no matter how you look at it,” Lyles said. “He was injured playing. He’s still a part of the roster.”

We tend to agree.  We know rings aren’t cheap, but is it really worth saving the money? The Packers weren’t interested in explaining why Bell was left out.

“We haven’t discussed those details publicly,” club spokesman Aaron Popkey told Silverstein. “We feel it’s an internal matter out of respect for everyone involved.”

There is no truth to the rumor ESPN is considering changing their monumentally important franchise rankings following the news.

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51 Responses to “Josh Bell wants to know why he’s not getting a Super Bowl ring”
  1. chadmurdigan says: Jun 15, 2011 4:39 PM

    There is no truth to the rumor ESPN is considering changing their monumentally important franchise rankings following the news.

    Now I’m drowning in sarcasm as well as sorrow over Josh Bell not getting his right!

  2. rugdog100 says: Jun 15, 2011 4:39 PM

    That’s the Packers for you – typical cheap trick from the “storied franchise”. I’m sure the green & gold faithful robots will agree with whatever the team tells them… lol

  3. trbowman says: Jun 15, 2011 4:39 PM

    That sucks for Bell.

    He’ll be looking for employment elsewhere because he certainly isn’t making the Packers with the depth they have at cornerback.

  4. thephantomstranger says: Jun 15, 2011 4:39 PM

    Wait ’til Carl Gerbschmidt finds out he isn’t getting a ring either.

  5. clawledge says: Jun 15, 2011 4:42 PM

    Who?

  6. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 15, 2011 4:44 PM

    Wow, for a Team and Organization that seemed to have done everything right in this last year this just seems wrong.

    I’m an Eagles fan, but this team had just a ton of guys get hurt all season I mean the only team I can think of that had more guys hurt was the Colts. They kept fighting, got some guys back, and were able to win. Now to me that is what being a part of a team is all about fighting through all of it to win I think this sends a very bad message!

    I mean that fact that the Packers said “it’s an internal matter” tell you this isn’t Packers policy but a specific case. Then to hide behind the lockout and say you can’t get back to an agent.

  7. jc1958cool says: Jun 15, 2011 4:47 PM

    he doesn’t have a number on the packers roster.
    few others too, guess they won’t get one either!

  8. jc1958cool says: Jun 15, 2011 4:48 PM

    could be worse, and he was on da BEARSSSSS!
    suck

  9. jaggedmark says: Jun 15, 2011 4:50 PM

    Very classy Green Bay. Very classy. NOT

  10. castleofcheese says: Jun 15, 2011 4:50 PM

    Because he hasn’t even been with the organization for two season, was on IR for all of 2010 and contributed next to nothing in the four games he was a Packer in 2009. Absolutely no reason to give him a ring other than to prevent a negative story like this, due to the complete lack of real news during the lockout.

  11. charism4 says: Jun 15, 2011 4:52 PM

    I’ll tell you why you aren’t getting a ring, Josh Bell.

    You were put on I.R. before mini camps even started and you didn’t have a chance in hell of making the team. You were a last month addition to the team in 2009 because of multiple injuries.

    In short, because you didn’t earn one. Consider yourself lucky you got paid for a year of sideline passes to the Super Bowl Champions season.

    If anyone recognizes the name “Josh Bell”, it’s because he gave up a touchdown to Pittsburgh in 2009 from 40 yards out as time expired to cost Green Bay the game.

  12. 1mge says: Jun 15, 2011 4:55 PM

    If he gets a ring it will be on the next episode of Pawn Stars!!

    Never put on a jersey during season, never put on a jersey during preseason… a player with heart would be too proud to wear it.

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 15, 2011 4:59 PM

    For as “family oriented” and “tight nit” as they claim to be, it seems the really don’t care about anybody but their absolute top stars

  14. thehatefulnerd says: Jun 15, 2011 5:01 PM

    Secretly a member of the Communist Party? Secretly spying on the team for Favre?

  15. theallegedone says: Jun 15, 2011 5:12 PM

    charism4 says:
    Jun 15, 2011 4:52 PM
    I’ll tell you why you aren’t getting a ring, Josh Bell.

    You were put on I.R. before mini camps even started and you didn’t have a chance in hell of making the team.
    ————————————————–

    Why does this website allow stupid people to comment? He didn’t have a chance in hell of making the team? Weird, apparently somebody on the Packers coaching staff thought he did, otherwise they would have just RELEASED him rather than pay him to be on i.r. Use your head.

  16. dave1961 says: Jun 15, 2011 5:20 PM

    Hey, Mr. Commissioner

    You gonna give that speech how you care about players injuries and players safety again. You are allowing the Green Bay Packers to symbolize how the NFL forgets the veterans that built the game into the 9 billion dollar empire you all fight over.

    The uprise from the fans will come when and if the NFL cancels games on 9/11…. It was football that calmed America’s fears back in 2001. Fans will never forgive the NFL is the game does not go on the tenth year.

    Give Josh his ring he earned and take care of the veteran players that built your league. You need to end the lockout of the fans that you started as greedy owners.

    Your laying off and cutting salaries of staffs when you decided to lockout players and fans. But you owners are still collecting money from the fans for season tickets. Why hasn’t one judge in America told you owners that you can not charge fans a single dime if they are locked out?

  17. benh999 says: Jun 15, 2011 5:36 PM

    Big deal. Terry Glenn didn’t get one in 2001 from the Patriots. He actually played during the season.

    If Bell never played a down for them, and they probably don’t want him, what could he do with the ring except hock it? I suppose he could wear it around town and demand people refer to him as Super Bowl Champion Josh Bell.

  18. canjura says: Jun 15, 2011 5:41 PM

    “We haven’t discussed those details publicly,” club spokesman Aaron Popkey told Silverstein. “We feel it’s an internal matter out of respect for everyone involved.”

    What he means to say is, “The scrub wasn’t going to make the roster out of training camp, so why should we dish out an extra 50k to get the scrub a ring?”

  19. thephantomstranger says: Jun 15, 2011 5:48 PM

    dave1961 says:
    Jun 15, 2011 5:20 PM
    The uprise from the fans will come when and if the NFL cancels games on 9/11…. It was football that calmed America’s fears back in 2001. Fans will never forgive the NFL is the game does not go on the tenth year.
    ________________

    I know I didn’t feel safe to go outside until I saw the Bengals play the Lions.

  20. brooks07 says: Jun 15, 2011 5:57 PM

    That is a pretty low class move by The Packers.

    You have to wonder why things like this aren’t spelled out in contracts? If you are on the team but hurt, you get no ring in the event of a Super Bowl win..

    Because it’s gotta suck even more in this case as it seems like he thought he was getting one.

  21. tombrookshire says: Jun 15, 2011 6:04 PM

    Give the man his ring!

  22. henrypuppyhead says: Jun 15, 2011 6:33 PM

    Gaggle of slowcoach happening here.

  23. straw33 says: Jun 15, 2011 6:35 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, and I wish I knew all the circumstances regarding to give or not to give the ring. I very much doubt it was an “Has he earned it issue?”, but rather other circumstances that would be involved. That being said, if it’s a “earned it” issue, I couldn’t disagree more. I actually think Josh Bell had the potential to make the team this year, especially with the hot water Underwood was in at the beginning of the year. When he filled in, I thought he did a admirable job as basically an off the street guy, to the nickle back for the last 4 games. He potentially could’ve made the team as a 5th corner over Pat Lee or Underwood this past year. I will hope, and believe, this is not an on-the-field performance decision, and rather that there is other information that hasn’t been made public.

  24. vikescry1 says: Jun 15, 2011 6:40 PM

    i think if he was on the team he deserves a ring no matter what. and the only reason they kept him around (I,R,) was because they didn’t know what they had in sam shields. yes bell isn’t that great of player, but we don’t know if he will develop. he deserve’s a ring plain and simple. and to all you bashers out there who want to criticize the packers for this, maybe you should spend more time wondering what your team is doing to win a ring.

  25. melonnhead says: Jun 15, 2011 6:46 PM

    You stay classy, Green Bay Packers.

  26. wimm83 says: Jun 15, 2011 6:52 PM

    What a shock, PFT making jabs at the Packer’s Class.

  27. beerbratscheese says: Jun 15, 2011 7:10 PM

    Josh Bell was placed on IR on August 10. That’s four days before the Packers first preseason game.

    Once placed on IR, you are there for the season. You can’t be put back on the roster, and you can’t be cut. There is very little doubt that, with the emergence of Sam Shields, after Bell was put on IR, the team is just waiting until he can come off of it just so they can release him.

    On another note, I’ll bet many of you people saying this was a classless move are some of the same people wondering why Al Harris would want a ring after not playing a single down with the team.

    You simply want to berate the Packers for the sake of berating them, without knowing all the facts…plain and simple.

  28. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 15, 2011 7:11 PM

    “Weird, apparently somebody on the Packers coaching staff thought he did, otherwise they would have just RELEASED him rather than pay him to be on i.r. ”

    They actually tried to release him and offer an injury settlement in the preseason, but he is allowed to reject the settlement and stay on IR which he opted to do.

  29. goombar2 says: Jun 15, 2011 7:23 PM

    Ummm… Because you were never an active member of the Packer’s squad for the 2010 season…. You really needed this explained to you?

    See ya round Bell, wasn’t nice knowing you and no thanks for being whiny. But you shouldn’t be unemployed for too long.

    There’s this team that picks all our scraps and leftovers. Heck, they jumped at the chance to pick up Mossy Cade and Turd Furgeson. Of course, you’ll never get a ring, but…

  30. drgreenstreak says: Jun 15, 2011 7:27 PM

    Bell played no role in the success of the team.

  31. 1stngoal says: Jun 15, 2011 7:30 PM

    Who is Josh Bell???

  32. weatherterroristsurvivor says: Jun 15, 2011 7:32 PM

    Carl gerbschmidt wont be mad at the packers, he will be angry with bell for causing a stir and controvery with his beloved packers, and disown bell as a packer.

  33. charism4 says: Jun 15, 2011 7:34 PM

    theallegedone says:
    Jun 15, 2011 5:12 PM
    charism4 says:
    Jun 15, 2011 4:52 PM
    I’ll tell you why you aren’t getting a ring, Josh Bell.

    You were put on I.R. before mini camps even started and you didn’t have a chance in hell of making the team.
    ————————————————–

    Why does this website allow stupid people to comment? He didn’t have a chance in hell of making the team? Weird, apparently somebody on the Packers coaching staff thought he did, otherwise they would have just RELEASED him rather than pay him to be on i.r. Use your head.
    ————————————-
    Except if you knew what you were talking about you’d know that someone has to agree to an injury settlement when they are put on the I.R. to be removed from the team (you can’t cut an injured player). Bell opted not to. You tell me why this website lets you post.

  34. goombar2 says: Jun 15, 2011 7:35 PM

    theallegedone says: Jun 15, 2011 5:12 PM

    Why does this website allow stupid people to comment? He didn’t have a chance in hell of making the team? Weird, apparently somebody on the Packers coaching staff thought he did, otherwise they would have just RELEASED him rather than pay him to be on i.r. Use your head.

    ——————————————————————

    Ha ha ha… Ummm… How do I break it to a guy that thinks he’s so smart? Well, see Bell’s contract isn’t for that much, he was an URFA that the Broncos cut and we picked up.

    If you cut a guy on IR you have to pay an injury settlement. Not that big a deal if the guy makes over 1 mil the team doesn’t lose much in the settlement.

    But a guy like Bell makes the minimum, so the Pack would lose a lot of money. Keeping him on IR and paying his salary was cheaper than cutting him. Like what’s been mentioned, he was never an active member. This is a freakin’ joke compared to, I dunno – Terry Glen.

    Not news PFT, every year teams do this. John Jolly isn’t getting a ring either, are we gonna get a headline on that too? He wasn’t an active member during the 2010 season.

  35. charism4 says: Jun 15, 2011 7:37 PM

    Forgot, Al Harris was injured in 2009 but will still get a ring from the 2010 season despite not playing a down…

    That’s pretty damn classy. Difference between earning a ring and being given one based on a technicality. I’m sure that’s why team have the power to pick who gets rings.

  36. hoochbcs says: Jun 15, 2011 7:50 PM

    I believe there’s more to this story. He’s been promoting parties and throwing it out there as “Josh Bell of the world champion Green Bay Packers”
    Maybe they were like screw you..you haven’t played a down and you are profiting off of others accomplishments.

    Look it up Mike…Bob and Dan on the Ticket in Dallas did a segment of Josh Bell and his parties a couple of months ago. Based on Popkey’s awkward response, this has to be related.

  37. SpartaChris says: Jun 15, 2011 7:55 PM

    Rosenthal, you should update the article to include the bit about the Packers offering Bell an injury settlement, essentially dropping him from the roster before preseason even started. Since the NFL rules prohibit the cutting of an IR player, Bell was only on the team due to a technicality. Otherwise he never would have been on the roster and we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

  38. henrypuppyhead says: Jun 15, 2011 8:08 PM

    smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 15, 2011 7:11 PM

    “Weird, apparently somebody on the Packers coaching staff thought he did, otherwise they would have just RELEASED him rather than pay him to be on i.r. ”

    They actually tried to release him and offer an injury settlement in the preseason, but he is allowed to reject the settlement and stay on IR which he opted to do.

    ————————

    theallegedone says: Jun 15, 2011 5:12 PM

    Why does this website allow stupid people to comment? He didn’t have a chance in hell of making the team? Weird, apparently somebody on the Packers coaching staff thought he did, otherwise they would have just RELEASED him rather than pay him to be on i.r. Use your head.

    ————————-

    Let us know when you get an answer on that “stupid people” question.

  39. 1mge says: Jun 15, 2011 8:18 PM

    To all the haters saying GB has no class get a clue you jealous fools.
    They could have simply cut him before preseason started & pay the arbitrated injury settlement that was more than his salary for the year & be done with him which would have been a cold classless move.
    But they gave Bell the option to take a settlement OR go on GB’s IR for the season , get full pay for the year, use our facilities, trainers, doctors, etc… Bell chose IR to get his full pay & perks. He had no chance at making the roster. How is that classless???

  40. orangeflh says: Jun 15, 2011 8:45 PM

    Classy this and classy that. I’ll be glad when you fifteen year olds get your little butts out of Mom’s basement, stop sniffing your sisters drawers, and learn a new word.

  41. baddegg says: Jun 15, 2011 9:38 PM

    Best Franchise Ever.

  42. godofwine330 says: Jun 15, 2011 10:17 PM

    This is not right. A player who is on IR should get a ring. Period. It shouldn’t matter if he did not play. I don’t know about the rules for a guy who played during the season and was cut, but this guy was not cut, so he should get a ring.

  43. hobartbaker says: Jun 15, 2011 10:31 PM

    Drunken backwoods hoodlums crucified Josh Bell.

  44. SpartaChris says: Jun 15, 2011 10:42 PM

    godofwine330 says:
    Jun 15, 2011 10:17 PM
    This is not right. A player who is on IR should get a ring. Period. It shouldn’t matter if he did not play. I don’t know about the rules for a guy who played during the season and was cut, but this guy was not cut, so he should get a ring.
    ===================================
    He was’t cut because NFL rules prohibit a team from cutting a player on IR. They offered him a settlement so they COULD cut him. He declined it, so there was nothing they could do about it. His being on the roster was due to a technicality, not because they wanted him.

  45. beltmerica says: Jun 16, 2011 2:57 AM

    The writers here are pretty anti-Packers… Bell didn’t do anything for the team and was basically cut except for a technicality. Get over the story, find some real news and work through the jealousy.

  46. stellarperformance says: Jun 16, 2011 7:11 AM

    hobartbaker says: Jun 15, 2011 10:31 PM
    Drunken backwoods hoodlums crucified Josh Bell.
    ————————————————————-

    I hadn’t heard that. Did they catch them?

  47. stellarperformance says: Jun 16, 2011 7:16 AM

    I think the Vikings players should get Packer SuperBowl rings too. By getting their asses handed to them twice by the Packers last year, they contributed more than this guy by enabling the Packers to get to the post-season. The rest is history. What did this guy do?

  48. dempsey63 says: Jun 16, 2011 9:14 AM

    You CAN unring a Bell!

  49. contra74 says: Jun 16, 2011 3:06 PM

    orangeflh says:
    Jun 15, 2011 8:45 PM
    Classy this and classy that. I’ll be glad when you fifteen year olds get your little butts out of Mom’s basement, stop sniffing your sisters drawers, and learn a new word.
    ———
    Says the guy who lacks class. If you’re afraid of holding an adult conversation then try going elsewhere.

  50. packerbacker12 says: Jun 16, 2011 5:38 PM

    “I’ll tell you why you aren’t getting a ring, Josh Bell.

    You were put on I.R. before mini camps even started and you didn’t have a chance in hell of making the team. You were a last month addition to the team in 2009 because of multiple injuries.

    In short, because you didn’t earn one. Consider yourself lucky you got paid for a year of sideline passes to the Super Bowl Champions season.

    If anyone recognizes the name “Josh Bell”, it’s because he gave up a touchdown to Pittsburgh in 2009 from 40 yards out as time expired to cost Green Bay the game.”

    I agree. Josh Bell was placed on I.R. before he played in any games. And to make things more interesting, any site listing the Packer rosters shows that Bell doesn’t even have a number.

    However, while I do think he isn’t really deserving of one, everyone that was on the team when the Packers won the Super Bowl deserve a ring even if they didn’t play at all.

  51. rudedog36 says: Jun 17, 2011 10:36 PM

    Who Is Josh Bell??

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