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 Kerwin Bell - Quarterback -1993-01- Florida

 

Kerwin Bell could throw a football. Bell had a somewhat nomadic career as a quarterback. He was a star with the Florida Gators in college and a 7th round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 1988 NFL draft. He never saw any game action spending time with Miami, Atlanta and Tampa Bay and eventually making his way to the World League of American Football in 1991 with the Orlando Thunder, His head coach with Orlando was none other than Don Matthews.

 

When the WLAF folded in America in 1993 Bell moved on to the CFL with the Sacramento Gold Miners backing up starter David Archer. Bell saw some action in 1993 and 94 with Sacramento. In 1995 he was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos and was the clubs starting quarterback leading the team to the playoffs and a 13-5 record. Edmonton would fall to Calgary in the West final 37-4. In 1996 Bell had a tryout with the Indianapolis Colts and made the team as back-up for the two seasons just prior to Peyton Manning’s arrival. The Live Oak Florida native finally saw some action in the NFL and his limited stats produced what has to be one of the highest quarterback ratings. Bell completed all 5 of his passes which included a touchdown for an incredible passer rating of 158.3.

 

Kerwin would return to the CFL in 1998 with the Toronto Argonauts and his old coach Don Matthews replacing the departed Doug Flutie as the teams starting quarterback. Bell would post his best season statistically in 1998 combining with Derrel Mitchell (160 catches) and Pinball Clemons (93 catches) for some amazing numbers with 4,991 yards passing and a completion percentage of 67.3%. He was named an Eastern All-Star but the team would lose to Montreal in the Eastern Semi-Final 41-28. Bell was traded to Winnipeg in the 1999 offseason for running back Eric Blount and spent 1+ seasons with Winnipeg before an upstart quarterback by the name of Khari Jones took over the starting duties and Bell was

released by Winnipeg and signed back by Toronto midway through the 2000 season. Bell would serve as quarterback and offensive coordinator for Toronto in 2000 and 2001 before retiring as a player. He threw for nearly 20,000 yards in his 7 season career in the CFL.

 

Currently Kerwin serves as head coach of Jacksonville University. A pure passer Kerwin Bell had success in the CFL

-- statistics --

 

 

Kerwin Bell     University of Florida  
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1993 Sac 34 22 296 64.7 2 1 58
1994 Sac 270 143 1,812 53.0 6 9 55
1995 Edm 396 246 3,064 62.1 21 13 98
1996   Played in NFL          
1997   Played in NFL          
1998 Tor 568 382 4,991 67.3 27 14 66
1999 Wpg 630 375 4,647 59.5 17 20 99
2000 Wpg 136 79 906 58.1 3 3 86
Tor 293 175 2,179 59.7 14 11 76
2001 Tor 231 138 1,641 59.7 11 9 88
Total 7 2558 1560 19,536 61.0 101 80 99

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1993 Sac 4 13 3.3 8 0
1994 Sac 15 58 3.9 11 0
1995 Edm 25 89 3.6 22 4
1996            
1997            
1998 Tor 19 70 3.7 10 0
1999 Wpg 33 85 2.6 16 1
2000 Wpg 8 16 2.0 9 1
Tor 5 8 1.6 6 0
2001 Tor 3 10 3.3 7 0
Total 7 112 349 3.1 22 6

 

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