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Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell Appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" Friday

The political commentator asked Bell about the experience of getting his college degree


Former Chiefs linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell has accomplished a lot in his life, but he's recently expressed that earning his college degree is among his greatest feats.

On Friday night, that latest accomplishment earned him a spot on political commentator Bill O’Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor."

"It's never too late for Americans to improve themselves in the marketplace," O'Reilly explained on the program. "Case and point, pro football player Bobby Bell, who a few weeks ago achieved his college degree at the age of 74."

Bell told O'Reilly and the audience why it meant so much for him to get it done.

"The reason I went back is because I promised my dad that if I went to the University of Minnesota, which gave me a scholarship, that I was going to get my degree up there. I've been putting it off, Bill, for a long time, and for some reason, last year, I said 'I am going back to school.'"

O'Reilly questioned Bell about the role his father, who grew up in southern America during the period of segregation, played in his life.

"He taught me to love everybody," Bell said. "You've got to love everybody and you treat people the way you want to be treated.

"My dad never finished school and I wanted to go off to school and [take advantage of] every opportunity that I had."

The entire spot featuring Bell is available for viewing on

Photos of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Chiefs Hall of Famer Bobby Bell

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