Le’Veon Bell won’t play football this year to focus on his boxing career

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Le’Veon Bell has not played since Week 18 of last season, and he saw only 44 touches in 170 snaps over eight games with two different teams. His career has not been the same since his 2017 All-Pro season, which was followed by a holdout in 2018 in a contract dispute with the Steelers.

Bell’s NFL career probably was finished anyway as no team has shown interest in signing the 30-year-old running back, but Bell said Tuesday he will not play this season.

He instead wants to focus on his boxing career.

“It’s been a challenge I’ve been willing to accept, something I took on,” Bell said during a promotional event for his upcoming fight with Adrian Peterson, via NFL.com. “Boxing is something that, you know, they always say it’s something you can’t play boxing. Last year, I almost sat out the whole year to try to focus on boxing because I kind of knew that was what I wanted to transition to. This year, I know I’m not going to be playing this year because I want to focus on boxing. So, this transition for me has kind of been like, I guess, another opportunity for me. I’m just ready to showcase what I’m about.

“This is not just a one-off. This is, I guess like my introduction to kind of show what I’ll doing and how I’ll be going about myself. Just an intro.”

Bell played five games for the Ravens and three for the Buccaneers last season after playing for the Jets and Chiefs in 2020. He has 6,554 career rushing yards and 42 touchdowns, while catching 399 passes for 3,289 yards and nine touchdowns.

He is scheduled to fight Peterson on July 30 at Crypto.com Arena, hoping that kick starts his second sports career.

“I obviously feel like I’m more quick than 99 percent of the people that I’m going to be in the ring with,” Bell said. “My speed, my quickness, my timing, it’s really going to be unmatched.”

24 responses to “Le’Veon Bell won’t play football this year to focus on his boxing career

  1. Boxing is not a sport you start later in life. Prize fighters have worked on their craft all their life and like football, boxing is a young man’s game. Bell has never trained and has never had to make weight. He is listed at 6’1″ and 225lbs. That is a tiny heavyweight. He would have to get his weight down to 175lbs at the very least, he would be a small light heavyweight.

  2. The 32 teams in the league weren’t interested in him playing either. So win win

  3. Unless he was looking to play in the USFL or XFL, I’m pretty sure no one cares. Like 100% sure.

  4. It’s cute that Le’Veon still thinks he’s an NFL career that he’s choosing to leave. One the most overrated players of all time.

  5. Le’Veon Bell won’t play football ever again to focus on his boxing career

    There, i fixed it.

  6. Le’Veon Bell won’t play football this year ever again to focus on his boxing career

  7. Bell use to dance before he would hit the hole. Now he’ll be dancing in the ring to avoid punches.

  8. Tell me your NFL career is officially over without telling me your NFL career is officially over.

  9. I’m in my mid 40’s I think I’m going to take up skateboarding and compete in the x games!

  10. … because it’s his boxing career that was keeping him off the field… guy couldn’t catch on with the Ravens who run the ball 70% of the time…

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