Can You Say, Walter Payton? LeVeon Bell Can
There are no two ways about it: If you do something in the NFL and the immediate comparison people make is to Walter Payton, you just did something really sweet.
Or should we say Sweetness? Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell earned mention in the same sentence as the late Chicago Bears great by racking up 235 yards from scrimmage (185 rushing, 50 receiving) in a 42-21 romp over the CIncinnati Bengals on Sunday.
It was third straight game of 200+ all-purpose yards for Bell, making him the first back to do so since Payton did it in 1977. Six men have done it in the history of the NFL.
“It’s an honor to be mentioned with a guy like Walter Payton,” said Bell, who was just seven years old when Payton died in 1999. “I’ve heard a lot about him. Obviously I haven’t seen a full game of how he runs, things like that, but I’ve seen a lot of highlights.”
Bell has rushed 242 times for 1,231 yards this season and caught 71 passes for 693 yards. He has eight touchdowns on the year. The Steelers moved to 8-5 with the win and are a half-game back of the Bengals for first place in the AFC North.
My thoughts on this? Congratulations to LeVeon Bell, but like I’ve said in the past single player accolades, although prestigious are not what the Pittsburgh Steelers are vying for. Still, a very nice status to uphold. #PS4L