The Massachusetts Pirates have re-signed offensive lineman Mitchell Bell for the 2019 campaign. Bell helped the Pirates to protect its quarterbacks better than any other team in the National Arena League allowing just 11 sacks during the regular season. The 6’4”, 300 lb. Bell also helped the Pirates passing offense to achieve a league best 229.8 yards per game as well as the best regular season record. Bell says he is returning to take care of some unfinished business.
“Just to finish what we started,” he said.“ I just wanted to come back and win a championship. We were so close to winning one last year. I just feel like it’s the right thing to do because I’m a man of principal and many morals so I believe you finish what you start. I believe we started something great and I just want to finish it,” he added.
After playing at Navarro Junior College and Louisiana Tech, Bell went undrafted but was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad in 2015. Later he starred in the Indoor Football League with Iowa. After taking part in The Spring League in Texas, he was invited to the Carolina Panthers minicamp in 2018 before landing in camp with the Montreal Alouettes and finally with the Pirates.
Team President Jawad Yatim knows the offensive line is the foundation of the passing game and Bell provides protection.
"Mitch came in mid-way through the season last year and we were impressed with his footwork, fundamentals, and size. You can tell he's been coached well in the past especially in Oakland being able to compete against pass rushers such as Khalil Mack, and Aldon Smith in practice. He's a very fluid athlete for his size and has good hands. He has not given up a sack while he's been here with the Pirates. He's got a mean streak and you certainly need that in the trenches. We are happy to bring back "Cheese" and look forward to seeing him in Blue and Teal this upcoming season,” Yatim said.
Bell gives credit to his teammates when it comes to protecting the Pirates passers.
“For the most part all of those guys did a great job with great dedication. We take our craft very seriously. I believe we had the best offensive line in the league. We take a great deal of pride in that. We don’t play around, that’s somebody’s life back there,” Bell said.
A product of Worthing High School in Houston, Texas, Bell feels adversity in life has made him a better player on the field.
“Situations in life prepared me for football. Football and life are tied together. When things get hard you have to go hard. When it’s easy you still have to go hard. I see us going to the top. I see us going past what we did last year. We only scratched the surface. To get to the top we’ll all have to come together. Everyone has to lead by example and just try to be a better person be it on the field or off,” he said.
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