A man who some believe is the greatest player to ever put on a Kansas City Chiefs uniform will receive yet another honor on Saturday, October 2nd. At 70 years of age, legendary linebacker Bobby Bell will once again be forever remembered at a place he called home.
Already a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame (1980) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1983), Bell’s #78 will officially be retired by the University of Minnesota on Saturday afternoon at the school’s homecoming game vs. Northwestern.
“It’s a great thing for me,” Bell said via gogophersports.com. “I’ll be joining four other guys who are up there and are great football players.”
Bell, who starred on two AFL Championship teams and played in both Super Bowl I and IV, will see his name and number forever displayed on the façade of the upper deck in TCF Bank Stadium. Other Minnesota football alums with that honor include Bronko Ngurski (72), Bruce Smith (54), Paul Giel (10) and Sandy Stephens (15).
Bell’s #78 is already retired by the Chiefs. He is one of only two players to have worn that number in franchise history, sharing it only with DT Willie Lee. Ironically, since ’78, no Chief has every worn #78.
Now, that will be the case at Bell’s alma mater as well.
“I just can’t explain it to you,” Bell said. “That’s history. Once you go up there…that’s something they can’t take away from you. It’s always going to be there.”
The University of Minnesota has done an excellent job in celebrating Bell’s jersey retirement. Visit their official website for more information.
Fellow Chiefs Hall of Famer Ed Budde (Class of 1984) will also receive collegiate honors this weekend. Michigan State University will induct Budde, along with 10 other former Spartans, into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010.
Budde (pictured) played guard for the Chiefs from 1963-76 and was named to the AFL’s All-Time Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His 14 seasons with the Chiefs are tied for the second-most in team history.
Many believe that Budde will one day enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well.
Joining Budde in Michigan State’s Class of 2010 will be former Chiefs linebacker Percy Snow. Snow played in 30 games (16 starts) for the Chiefs from 1990-92.