Le’Veon Bell closing in on 8,000 scrimmage yards, faster than any player ever

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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is likely to top 8,000 career yards from scrimmage this season, and if he does, he’ll have done it faster than any player in NFL history.

Bell is currently at 7,899 scrimmage yards in 61 career games. If he totals at least 101 yards in this week’s game against the Texans, he’ll have 8,000 in 62 games, faster than any other player. In fact, even if Bell falls short of 101 this week but gets to 8,000 next week against the Browns, he’ll be at 8,000 yards in 63 games, which would still be the fastest in history.

Currently, the distinction of being the fastest player to 8,000 scrimmage yards goes to Eric Dickerson, who did it in his first 64 career games. LaDainian Tomlinson and Edgerrin James each did it in their first 65 games. Jim Brown did it in 67 games and Marcus Allen in 68 games.

For this season, Bell is leading the league with 1,849 yards from scrimmage.

24 responses to “Le’Veon Bell closing in on 8,000 scrimmage yards, faster than any player ever

  1. Barring injury he will be tagged again next year. There won’t be a long term deal. He costs 12.1m this year and would be about 15.4m next year. His asking price was 15m per year.

    The Steelers know that once Ben retires they most likely will be rebuilding and it doesn’t make sense in tying up over 15m per year in a RB that has a super high number of touches per game, already been suspended (next suspension is for 10 games), has had knee injuries, and would be approaching 30, and career season 10, by the end of the next contract. The team knows that he has also missed about 25% of games due to suspension or injury.

  2. No doubt he’s a stud. I hope he can come to some accommodation that would allow him to stay in Pgh while being paid the most of any running back while not creating a cap crisis.

    My bet is that he’s going to take the money and run. But it will be a shame, he’s not going to get the touches or the yards with another team that he’s gotten with the Steelers.

  3. And this kid has missed a ton of games… that being said i still think James Conner will be the feature back in Pitt for years to come.. Pitt probably tags Bell again next year.. then tries to trade him of let him go.

  4. In Jim Brown’s day it was a 14 game schedule so it took more seasons to get there but still impressed with that level of production. If he takes the money and runs he could well end up a Tomlinson/James type with records but no rings. This season is his best chance IMO but they need to play a perfect game if they get to the AFCCG v NE.

  5. Tag Bell again for the last time. Bryant has another year. Ben has two but guess is he’d hang around at least next year to play with Bell and Bryant again. Then for the first time and a long, long time…………a bear’s hibernation.

    Of course, if you are truly the Bears, you’re always in hibernation.

  6. Good for Bell but the Steelers are done after that humiliating loss last weekend.

    Come on Dopey even Sleepy and Grumpy can troll better than that.

    Bell is worth every penny of the tag…..again.

  7. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    In Jim Brown’s day it was a 14 game schedule so it took more seasons to get there but still impressed with that level of production.
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    Jim Brown played a 14-game season his last four years in the league. His first four were 12-game seasons, and he retired at the top of his game with plenty left in the tank.
    Le’Veon Bell is a stud, the best back in the league. But I’m tired of hearing this QB and that runner and that sack-master are the “fastest ever to (fill in the blank).” None of it means squat in comparison to anyone that came before them.
    The effort to increase scoring an excitement have resulted in 25 years of rules and style changes that have altered the game completely. Because of spread offenses, Bell can gain far more yards as a pass catcher than any back of yester-year, and when he runs he isn’t facing eight and nine men in the box on nearly every down like Brown did. Brown’s blockers couldn’t extend their arms or use the palms of their hands to block, either.
    Some of history’s best passers needed three games to attempt as many passes as guys like Drew Brees or Matthew Stafford throw in one. Today’s pass rushers are facing spread-out formations and get far more opportunities to rush the passer each game than their predecessors.
    I’m not taking anything away from today’s players, and I’m not saying that many of them may not be the best ever at what they do. But constantly touting this guy and that guy as “fastest ever to _______” is as pointless an exercise as comparing watermelons to grapes. Today’s players are playing a totally different game.

  8. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Bell is worth every penny of the tag…..again.
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    You’ll be able to say Bell is worth every penny of the tag if they win the SB with him. If they fall short, again, it will be because they have too much $ tied up in a couple of guys, poor depth elsewhere and a team not good enough to win it all.

  9. But how many did those other guys miss? Leveon Bell didn’t play his 60th game until his fifth season. Granted they only played 12 games in Jim Brown’s day, but otherwise? Depending on how you look at it, 5 years to hit 8000 yards, is good, but it isn’t that special.

  10. The Steelers run Bell into the ground. By playoff time he will be hurt again, like always.

  11. You’ll be able to say Bell is worth every penny of the tag if they win the SB with him. If they fall short, again, it will be because they have too much $ tied up in a couple of guys, poor depth elsewhere and a team not good enough to win it all.

    Wrong again Patriot troll. Without Bell they would not have a refs bad call from beating the Cheats. If they fall short it will because they didn’t play well enough….period.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Wrong again Patriot troll. Without Bell they would not have a refs bad call from beating the Cheats. If they fall short it will because they didn’t play well enough….period.
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    I strongly disagree, Steeler troll.

    The Stealers lost because their secondary is weak and they couldn’t cover NE when it mattered. If they had used some of that salary cap on their secondary, they might have had a chance. If you compare rosters around the league you’ll see the the Stealers overvalue the RB position at the expense of their secondary. They made that decision and now have to live with it.

  13. steelcurtainn says:
    December 23, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Best running back in the league.
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    I 100% agree with you. But having the best RB is like having the best Punter. Neither are the difference between winning and losing the SB.

  14. If we lose in the playoffs again it will certainly be because of Tomlin.
    This team is loaded with talent and yet………

  15. jim699 says:
    December 23, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    Depending on how you look at it, 5 years to hit 8000 yards, is good, but it isn’t that special.
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    If averaging 1600+ yds from scrimmage a year isn’t “that special” then I’d like to know what is. I know most fans would be thrilled to get that kind of not special out of their backs. It’s a shame when supposed football fans can’t appreciate great players simply because of who they play for. I’m no Pittsburgh fan but I’m a Bell fan, Brown and Roethlisberger too for that matter. Great is great no matter what uni a guy happens to wear. Bell is the goods.

  16. dregonspengler says:
    December 23, 2017 at 12:47 pm
    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    In Jim Brown’s day it was a 14 game schedule so it took more seasons to get there but still impressed with that level of production.
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    Jim Brown played a 14-game season his last four years in the league. His first four were 12-game seasons, and he retired at the top of his game with plenty left in the tank.
    Le’Veon Bell is a stud, the best back in the league. But I’m tired of hearing this QB and that runner and that sack-master are the “fastest ever to (fill in the blank).” None of it means squat in comparison to anyone that came before them.

    Yup, we agree, but it’s still a record. Or we can draw a line where the 12/14/16 game seasons changed and have 3 different records. What about guys who played in crossover careers? Pre-Post Bill Polian making it illegal to touch receivers? Before /after replay/2pt conversion/30/35 yard kickoff, before or after flying wedge, facemasks, PED’s, Free agency?

    It’s just for bragging rights anyway.

  17. The Stealers lost because their secondary is weak and they couldn’t cover NE when it mattered. If they had used some of that salary cap on their secondary, they might have had a chance. If you compare rosters around the league you’ll see the the Stealers overvalue the RB position at the expense of their secondary. They made that decision and now have to live with it.

    You are denying that the Steelers were on the 6 inch line…..thank about that because it makes your comment more absurd ….sure the secondary couldn’t cover the sucker punching tight end but the Pat’s could stop the QB were able to afford….you lose again.

  18. No fool- final score bro. Your team lost and will lose in playoffs. You know it too. Cheers

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