Though it hasn't been made official by the NFL, safety Yeremiah Bell is calling it a career when it comes to playing football.
Speaking to The Winchester Sun, a publication in Kentucky, Bell stated he's retiring, adding that his agent will submit the necessary paperwork in the coming days.
“I’m going to miss it, and I’m supposed to, but at the same time as a person, you have to know when to say when,” Bell told the newspaper. “The last couple of years, it’s been on my mind. This year, I kind of knew (it was time to retire). Honestly, not many NFL players get to (play) 10 years. For some reason when I got going, (10 years) was always the magic number in my head. I’m not one of those guys who wants to play until my wheels fall off."
Bell began his career with the Dolphins as a sixth-round pick in 2003 out of Eastern Kentucky, spending his first nine NFL seasons in Miami. He spent 2012 with the Jets and 2013 with the Cardinals.
In his career, Bell tallied 728 tackles, 13 sacks and eight interceptions.
Bell had the reputation has a tough-nosed safety that could bring a lot of power when tackling an offensive player. Bell was contemplating retirement as early as this past April before coming to this decision in early August. The Cardinals reportedly had an interest in bringing him back.
Rarely do players get to decide when to call it quits. After a successful career, which included a Pro Bowl appearance in 2009, Bell gets to walk away from the game relatively injury free with plenty of on-field accomplishments to look back on.
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