Former Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell called the day he was released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers “a terrible experience.” Bell found the transition from Tampa Bay to life as a free agent really hard, as he said in an interview with Chris Schmidt of Hail Varsity Radio.
“I don’t really wish that on my worst enemy,” Bell said. “It’s hard when you work so hard and you dedicate pretty much [your] entire life to playing football. It was really hard being told I wasn’t good enough. Then you get home and your family tells you they love you and it’s going to be OK. There’s some condolence in that, but the ramifications in that when it hits Twitter and everyone who has ever cheered for you or supported you, it feels like you failed them.”
The Baltimore Ravens eventually picked up Bell after he spent a few weeks traveling and working out with teams. He called that time a “true test” to who he was as a person, and credited his family and support system for getting him through it. Despite being a “long trip to Baltimore for a Colorado native,” Bell is happy in his new home and content at where he is.
Bell doesn’t have a lot of free time in the NFL, but he makes sure to always find time to support the Team Jack Foundation. One event – the Husker Alumni Golf Scramble – is in Ashland (Neb.) on Saturday, June 24, and Bell will be in attendance. He will be joined by former Huskers Ameer Abdullah, Jeremiah Sirles, Spencer Long and Will Compton.
Bell loves being involved with Team Jack and is honored to help grow support and raise money for pediatric brain cancer research.
“Number one is making a difference in the children’s and the families’ lives,” Bell said. “When you talk about pediatric brain cancer and how little funding goes toward it and we talk about raising money for the organization, literally every dollar makes a difference. That’s not an exaggeration at all.”
To hear the full interview with Bell, including his thoughts on early signing days, Nathan Gerry being drafted to Philadelphia and more, check out the podcast.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.