On September 3rd, at 2:00 pm CT, Kenny Bell, one of Alabama’s best wide receivers, made an announcement on Twitter by tweeting several times that he was retiring his senior year. He tweeted: “…It’s been a nice run but I’m hanging up my cleats,” as well as tweeting: “Time to focus on my responsibilities MY KIDS.” He sent an encouraging tweet to all of his teammates that said: “Salute to the team y’all keep grinding and win that championship.”
This came as a shock to Alabama fans as they expected Bell to be as much of an impact player this year as he was last year. Bell has made this decision to focus more on being a father which is very commendable.
What was even more confusing was the press conference Nick Saban had later that Tuesday evening that clarified the fact that Bell would be back at practice the next day and that he was still on the team. Saban said he simply gave Bell “a personal day.” Every Alabama fan is happy to hear that! Bell has had a tremendous effect on the past two seasons; his impact plays contributed to Alabama winning back to back National Championships.
In 2011, Bell started four games, and played in all 13. Bell made a great name for himself as a sophomore by catching 17 passes for a total of 255 yards. Bell also had two receiving touchdowns for the Tide, his long reception being 41 yards.
In 2012, Bell became even more of an effective player by having 17 receptions for 431 yards and three touchdowns, 85 yards being his longest catch of the season. Last season Bell set a team record with an average of 25.4 yards per catch.
Bell has always fought hard each play; Bell’s speed and agility sets him apart from his opponents each and every game. Although Bell missed the SEC Championship game and the 2012 National Championship game due to a broken leg in the game against Auburn, he is expected to be a key player this fall.
With Bell still on the team, this season will surely be one to remember. Bell is expected to have many key moments this season, just like he had the past two championship seasons. That’s exactly what he and his teammates are working for: #16.
He reiterated that feeling in his tweet late Tuesday evening: “I’m back with the team!! Just needed time to myself for a day but I couldn’t leave my boy @10AJMcCarron; we end this run together. #16.”
In my opinion, I think Kenny Bell will have a tremendous impact this season just like the two previous seasons. He has the speed and agility to make every crucial catch for the Tide. I know Alabama players, coaches, and fans are happy to have him back to finish out his senior year. Maybe this season will be Bell’s best. Not just because he has a chance to win three straight national championships, but because his biggest fans are rooting for him….his kids!