Le’Veon Bell uses retirement as April Fool’s Day gag

AP

Some April Fool’s Day jokes are hilarious. Some aren’t.

As to the aren’t, here’s Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell’s effort at levity: “It’s been a great run Steeler Nation, I will always have love 4 all my former teammates, coaches, & for all my fans! but gotta move on!”

Bell has not yet posted the perfunctory “April Fool’s!” follow up. But it’s surely coming.

Meanwhile, nearly 300 people have retweeted the message. And there’s a chance that a significant percentage of those people: (1) don’t realize it’s a joke; and (2) will never see the follow-up.

Here’s hoping that 11 of them are in my fantasy football league.

70 responses to “Le’Veon Bell uses retirement as April Fool’s Day gag

  1. Hey 300 people isn’t too bad, plus at least one article on PFT! Not bad considering how tired April fool’s jokes are in general. What kind of stooge falls for April fool’s day jokes these days?

  2. “I’m retiring to go smoke weed full time.”

    “Just kidding about the retirement part.”

  3. ariani1985 says:
    Apr 1, 2016 9:55 AM
    Just think that the packers passed on him twice to select that lazy tub of goo lacy!
    —————
    These are the worst kind of comments.

    Guess what? Both teams passed on Brady 6+ times but Pata fans focus on winning amd complaining about Goodell instead of stupid statements.

    I hate the pats steelers and packers but grow the # up

  4. Ah yes, April Fool’s Day: our annual reminder that most people are more annoying than funny.

  5. Glass Bell should be careful what he jokes about. One more injury and he should retire.

    A retirement joke from a rb that can’t finish a season….. That’s a joke within itself.

  6. bigbenh8tr says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:08 AM
    ariani1985 says:
    Apr 1, 2016 9:55 AM
    Just think that the packers passed on him twice to select that lazy tub of goo lacy!
    —————
    These are the worst kind of comments.

    Guess what? Both teams passed on Brady 6+ times but Pata fans focus on winning amd complaining about Goodell instead of stupid statements.

    I hate the pats steelers and packers but grow the # up
    _______

    Why does he has to grow up? What about if he’s 13?

  7. bigbenh8tr says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:08 AM

    These are the worst kind of comments.

    Guess what? Both teams passed on Brady 6+ times but Pats fans focus on winning amd complaining about Goodell instead of stupid statements.

    I hate the pats steelers and packers but grow the # up

    ——-

    exactly

  8. Who would care even if it’s true? RB’s are a dime a dozen. Deangelo Williams ran for 900 yards and 11 TD’s when Bell went down

  9. joethesensasian says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:04 AM
    April fools is for identifying the stupid. Never get rid of this holiday.
    ———————
    It’s not a holiday – identity confirmed!

  10. I think April fools died when the internet was born, they just don’t go well together.

    This is stupid no matter but might be more appropriate coming from someone that had actually played a full season.

  11. He shouldve done the icing on the cake and pretended to have a concussion. That wouldve even been not funnier than it already isnt.

  12. Just think that the packers passed on him twice to select that lazy tub of goo lacy!
    —————
    These are the worst kind of comments.

    Guess what? Both teams passed on Brady 6+ times but Pata fans focus on winning amd complaining about Goodell instead of stupid statements.

    I hate the pats steelers and packers but grow the # up

    ————————-

    You can play this game with any great player selected in Round 2 or lower.

    I mean, the Patriots passed on him 5 times themselves right?

  13. Isn’t this the time of year when the players aren’t supposed to smoke weed? You only have a couple more weeks and THEN you can light up Bell.

  14. Bell’s retirement would come sooner if he gets injured so often. Good RB, but injury will take a toll on his body.

  15. Maybe it’s real and he just found out that the Steelers play the bengals after Burficts suspension is over

  16. Here’s a couple headlines Bell could have used instead for his April Fools joke:
    NFL awards bengals retroactive playoff win
    Lacy loses weight
    Pats didn’t cheat after all
    Flacco gives back some contract money, citing poor performance

  17. Getoffmylawn! says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:52 AM
    Isn’t this the time of year when the players aren’t supposed to smoke weed? You only have a couple more weeks and THEN you can light up Bell.

    ———————————————————————-

    Nope, since he failed a drug test he is subjective to random testing they can call him in at anytime.

  18. “You can play this game with any great player selected in Round 2 or lower.

    I mean, the Patriots passed on him 5 times themselves right?”
    __________________________
    Had to LMAO at that comment. To further the joke…And Belichek had to google him when Kraft turned in the card at the draft.

  19. Getoffmylawn! says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:52 AM
    Isn’t this the time of year when the players aren’t supposed to smoke weed? You only have a couple more weeks and THEN you can light up Bell.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Bell is actually in the substance abuse program with the NFL and is tested year round. In order to stay on the field he has to stay clean.

    ==* The More you Know

  20. Even though it is an April Fool’s Day joke it will still be used as an excuse when Small Ben in Big Games does his perfunctory pooping of the bed in Big Games, e.g. averaging 16 points a game in his last 3 playoff games …. 14 when it mattered.

  21. Maybe Bell doesn’t do April Fools day jokes. Maybe people waiting for him to say “April Fools!” will be waiting a long time. He might have been serious, but picked the wrong day to report it. Seeing as he hasn’t come out and said it was a joke yet.

  22. Apr 1, 2016 12:08 PM
    Even though it is an April Fool’s Day joke it will still be used as an excuse when Small Ben in Big Games does his perfunctory pooping of the bed in Big Games, e.g. averaging 16 points a game in his last 3 playoff games …. 14 when it mattered.

    ========================================

    You wish your team had 6 lombardies !

  23. Lazy ELacy and LBell have almost the exact same production over their careers, despite Lacy’s train wreck yr in 2015. Bell a few more yrds, Lacy a few more TDs. Bell is a better player, but is another suspension or injury waiting to happen. Lacy just needs to get in shape.

  24. rhamrhoddy says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:39 AM

    Bet this guy is too baked right now to remember he needs to follow up on this
    —–

    he’ll be okay, Ben loaned Le’Veon his ‘wristband’ – It has an alarm clock app on it.

  25. Y’all do know he’s the best all-around back in the league, right? Blocking, catching, running and teammate, I’ll take Bell over everyone else hands down – and so would your team. It might be April 1st, but nobody should be foolish enough to think differently.

    Go Steelers!

  26. clashpoint says:
    Apr 1, 2016 2:02 PM

    Y’all do know he’s the best all-around back in the league, right?
    ——

    I tend to agree with you (and I’m a Pats fan). One of my favorite players to watch.

  27. I prefer my running backs to stay relatively healthy.

    He can’t.

    So he’s average at best.

    Then, add his drug issues, and he’s a back I wouldn’t want anywhere on my team.

    #bust

  28. Typical narcissist, who is simply trolling for fans to beg him not to retire. As someone said, a guy healing from injury should probably be more concerned with rehab.

  29. ✓Tavaris ✓Joe ✓Donovan ✓Christian ✓Matt ✓Josh ✓Teddy ?Deshaun ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ © says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:25 AM

    The Vikings passed up on Aaron Rodgers not once but twice.

    For:
    Troy Williamson
    Erasmus James

    ————————————————————-
    LOL, and the Packers passed on Barry Sanders

    For: Tony Mandarich

    LOLOLOLOLOL!

  30. Can nobody on this site have some fun/sense of humor? Sheesh, you all are a bunch of angry people.

  31. Since when should you not make jokes just in case a few people aren’t clever enough to get it? Not really sure what’s so awful about this joke

  32. Such a bunch of up tight trolls on this site. Laughter is the very best medicine. Relax grab a snickers and chill out. Life is too short to take everything so seriously

  33. Wow…I’m a lifelong Bengals fan and the hate on here is ridiculous and sad. The hate, judgement and negativity in this world gets worse by the year. Calm down people…enjoy life. Be happy. Cheers!

  34. I’m a Bengal’s fan and was kinda bummed when we learned it was just an April fools joke. This guy is scary good.

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