Le’Veon Bell isn’t worried about his body wearing down

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Le'Veon Bell hasn’t been doing any football work with the Steelers this offseason and it hasn’t been on his own individual workout schedule at this point.

Bell has been doing other training, including boxing, as he tries to do cardio and “stay off my joints in the offseason as much as possible.” Less stress on the joints is part of Bell’s approach to remain healthy enough to play football as long as possible, something that also extends to his approach to the field.

Bell notes that LeBron James has remained highly effective into his 30s and believes “your body won’t fail you” as long as you take the proper care of it. That includes working out and training as well as a mental approach to the game that leads Bell to avoiding the kinds of hits that wear down other running backs.

“I don’t really compare myself to a lot of other running backs — that’s no offense to any other running back, but just the fact that I can see and avoid hits,” Bell said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “It’s not like when I get the ball 30 times or 35 times and I’m really taking 30 car crashes. Either I’m delivering the blow or I’m getting to the ground. I’m sore after games, but it’s not like I’m aching. I don’t have to miss practices. I can go full speed and be good.”

Staying away from offseason work the last two years is another way to avoid stress on the joints and Bell has availed himself of it as the franchise tag game plays itself out in Pittsburgh. The absence didn’t stop Bell from turning in an effective season or do anything to lessen his confidence that he’ll keep producing at the same level for many years to come.

46 responses to “Le’Veon Bell isn’t worried about his body wearing down

  1. Spare me the “I’m unique” crap. Bell is simply this decade’s version of Shaun Alexander.
    Because of his attitude, ego, selfishness, and highest # of touches for the last 2 years…I hope the Steelers let him go. If he signs a 5 year contract he’ll be hit 30 years old in year 2. Not good.
    Move on from Bell, he can be replaced.

  2. Didn’t realize boxing reduces stress on the body – dude could keep playing til he’s almost 30!

  3. It’s a big gamble on his part and with
    Fast Willie Parker here we’ve one serious injury and he’s just Unemployed Willie Parker. He was allegedly offered 30M guaranteed against maybe double that if he stays healthy. Kind of like the Lotti winner that takes lump sum versus long term payout. Most of them take the former and for LBell’s case let’s hope we’re not talking the former great after an injury.

    Don’t hear much Eddie Lacy debate recently.

  4. It’s a big gamble on his part and with
    Fast Willie Parker here we’ve seen how one serious injury and he’s just Unemployed Willie Parker. He was allegedly offered 30M guaranteed against maybe double that if he stays healthy. Kind of like the Lotto winner that takes lump sum versus long term payout. Most of them take the former and for LBell’s case let’s hope we’re not talking the former great after an injury.

    Don’t hear much Eddie Lacy debate recently.

  5. Because pot is the ultimate healer…it does everything…

    Sincerely,
    The dope heads of America

  6. Lol I just 33 and workout semi-regularly and eat pretty well. I can notice a difference and I don’t even play football. Wish I was still in my 20s

  7. The good thing is Bell has never been that fast and has never had break away speed so I think his running style will provide some longevity that isn’t typically seen so Leveon still has some great years left but the nature of the RB position will catch up to him at some point and that is always a very steep cliff.

  8. steeelfann0155 says:

    June 20, 2018 at 9:01 am

    If you call a 3.9 yards per carry average as ? “Effective”, etc, I mean, I guess…..
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    If you count the receiving yds, which 90% are near hand offs anyways, that average goes up to 4.67 per touch. The negative on his part is the 406 touches last season in 15 games and the likeliness that he’ll see a similar workload this year. He won’t have much left in the tank after that kind of wear

  9. I hope they let Bell walk after this year. Tired of the stupid statements and raps (don’t quit your day job). He is a dynamic player but, at some point, that is overshadowed by all of the distractions. Further, imo, no team is going to pay him what he thinks he’s worth. It’s fun to watch a player with a colorful or kooky personality, but most of these guys today are just flat out annoying divas. As a Steelers fan, I feel Bell and Brown need to just shut up and play. Nobody in the real world cares how disrespected you feel while making heaps of money for playing a game.

  10. What a TEAM FULL OF DIVAS!!!

    Really? Change the name to Brady instead of Bell and everything will all good. The hypocracy of Pats fanboys is amusing and childish.

  11. Nofoolnodrool says:
    June 20, 2018 at 10:10 am
    What a TEAM FULL OF DIVAS!!!

    Really? Change the name to Brady instead of Bell and everything will all good. The hypocracy of Pats fanboys is amusing and childish.

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    You still mad ‘bro?

  12. Pitt should work his butt off this year (450 touches) and let him walk. He won’t last another two years

  13. Bell is going to play out this year and then get more money from a team that will have a much lesser offensive line and he will look very average. People will say that Pittsburgh over worked him when the fact is that Pitt’s offensive line helped him with much of his success. Good quarterback play -O-lines and commitment to a running game are all things needed to have a good R.B. It’s part of the reason that the R.B. position is under valued.

  14. Guys, you’re being too hard on Bell. Even though he doesn’t show up for practice and disrespects his teammates, he’s practicing at home. He has a mini-scoreboard in his living room that says Jaguars 21, Steelers 0, 2nd quarter. That’s all he needs to prepare for.

  15. Funny that they dumped Blount, a guy who relishes hits and has two rings to show for it, and kept this whiny baby.

  16. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:

    Bell has a mini-scoreboard in his living room that says Jaguars 21, Steelers 0, 2nd quarter. That’s all he needs to prepare for.

    You Pats fanboys are funny. Of course, you all will disappear once BB & Tommy Boy retires as you will resort back to your feeble Boston Patriot days.

  17. Gee, I’ve never heard a 20 something RB tell the media that he’s going to be the one RB in the history of the NFL to be effective well into his 30s – nope, it never happens.

    Haha, at this rate that the Steelers are using him, he might not make it through next year let alone a 5 year deal.

  18. PBurgh is decrying this guy. All he has ever done is play hard. The business side goes both ways folks. He needs to take care of HIS business and play…

  19. grumpysal says:
    June 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    Gee, I’ve never heard a 20 something RB tell the media that he’s going to be the one RB in the history of the NFL to be effective well into his 30s – nope, it never happens.

    Haha, at this rate that the Steelers are using him, he might not make it through next year let alone a 5 year deal.

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    As long as the Steelers have Mike Tomlin at the helm…..it won’t matter. He may in fact be the weakest coach in a division that boasts Harbaugh, Hue Jackson and Marvin Lewis. Think about that.

  20. Why do commentators hate players for wanting more money, but love owners, who have no problem taking advantage of the player? Do people not understand the work it takes to become a professional athlete? Some of these owners have had life handed to them.

  21. The Steelers are very good at bringing talent into the organization. I think talent-wise they are in the top 5. Top players want top money – most teams have that issue. In this case I think LB overvalues himself and that this will be his last year in Pitt. Some team with no QB will pick him up in free agency next year.

  22. streetyson says:
    June 20, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Didn’t realize boxing reduces stress on the body – dude could keep playing til he’s almost 30!
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    Yea because he’s really going out and having boxing matches…smh

  23. It won’t wear down henis not on the field enough. Plus he seems to be convienently hurt at playoff time

  24. He runs up great stats against the rest of the cream-puff teams in his division. But how did Bell perform in the biggest game of his career? The AFCCG against the Pats…. He took himself out of the game after getting popped a few times.

  25. He runs up great stats against the rest of the cream-puff teams in his division. But how did Bell perform in the biggest game of his career? The AFCCG against the Pats…. He took himself out of the game after getting popped a few times.

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    Do you ever even watch football because it sounds like you knowledge is water cooler talk at best. Repeating your lies won’t make them true….but you seem to enjoy it so continue being a boring troll.

  26. Wow. Maybe he’ll have a 30 yard run next season!

    Bell has lost more than a step and is, at this point, the most overrated player in the NFL.

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