Roy Bell - Running Back - 1972-76 - Oklahoma
The Edmonton Eskimos of Ray Jauch were a strong team and Grey Cup champions in 1975. Tom Wilkinson and Bruce Lemmerman split quarterbacking duties and the teamís running back was a star out of Oklahoma. Roy Bell had great success in college as a member of the Sooners. The Clinton Oklahoma native was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 9th round of the 1972 NFL draft.
Bell came north and joined the Eskimos in 1972 and quickly paid dividends, in his first season in the CFL in just 10 games he totaled 690 yards a strong indication of things to come. With a bruising running style Bell would enjoy his best season in 1973 when he supplanted George Reed as the West divisionís top runner with 1,455 yards. Bell was a workhorse with 254 carries and 29 receptions. He was named an All-Canadian in 1973.
1974 was more of the same with 1,341 yards on a lofty 286 carries that produced 4 touchdowns. Not since the days of Johnny Bright had Edmonton had such a dangerous weapon in their backfield.
In 1975, Bell would again break the 1,000 yard rushing plateau as Edmonton would capture the Grey Cup. Bell was the work horse and a big factor in the teamís success. Injuries slowed Bell in 1976 as he played in just 6 games. 1976 would be his final season in professional football. In 1977, Jim Germany arrived and took the mantle from Bell as lead back in the Eskimo offence.
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