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Steelers Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell Is Closing In On Two Running Back Franchise Records


Despite missing the first three games of the season with a foot injury, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell still has a good shot at two franchise running back records with two games remaining in the season.

Bell, who has 43 receptions for 388 yards heading into Week 16, needs just nine more catches in order to break the running back franchise reception record that is currently held by J.L. Williams. Williams set that record back in 1994 when he caught 51 passes for 378 yards.

In addition to him chasing that record, Bell needs another 201 total yards for scrimmage in order to break the Steelers all-time rookie yards from scrimmage record that was set by Franco Harris back in 1972. That season, Harris rushed for 1,055 yards and caught 21 passes for another 180 yards in 14 games played.

Following the win Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, Bell was pretty oblivious to the fact he was approaching Harris’ record when he was told how close he is to it.

“1,200? Hopefully, well see how it goes,” said Bell with a laugh. “Just continue to try to get better and do what I can.”

Bell has yet to have a 100-yard rushing game this season, however, and the Steelers have gone a current league-long 22 games without a 100-yard rusher. He has two games left to try to end that.

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  • DrakePirate

    I will go out on a little limb and state that he gets that 100 yd game as well as breaks the rookie ydg record … the reception record he saves for next year ;-) !

    Bell has easily been the best thing that has happened to this team in otherwise a dismal & frustrating year !

  • cp72

    I think Bell has been a nice player and has pro bowl potential, but to me Antonio Brown is the bright spot of the season.

    We are young and talented on offense. Our much maligned o-line has started to jell and we get our pro bowl center back next year. If Beachum continues to develope and we add a big receiver this could be a scary good offense.

    The Steelers are evolving into an offensive based team and we just need the defense to hold serve. This is not your dad’s Pittsburgh Steelers….hell this isn’t my Pittburgh Steelers.

  • DrakePirate

    AB has had an outstanding year, but we already new what we had with him … last yr we had no clue where our RB was .. now are future is clear !

  • steeltown

    The emergence of Cam Heyward, I cant even imagine how dismal the front seven would be without him, first we lose Foote, then McLendon, Woodley, Shamarko and Cortez Allen sporadically to injury and we’re starting two rookies in Jarvis and Vince.. Cam has been the stone

    But I’ll agree that Le’Veon and A.Brown have been great this year

  • Luke Shabro

    I think we knew AB was good but didn’t know he was this good!

  • DrakePirate

    Yes, Cam’s emergence has been more than a pleasant surprise … I hope Shamarko and maybe a couple others such as Woods, JJ, Spence and/or VW do something similar next yr !

  • JAMESH

    Rookie of the year- LeVeon Bell
    Defensive POY- Cam Heyward
    Offensive POY- Antonio Brown
    MVP- Ben Roethlisberger
    MVP NotNamedBen- Antonio Brown/Kelvin Beachum
    ComeBackPOY- Heath Miller
    Most Improved POY- Jason Worilds/Kelvin Beachum

    Although not a ProBowler (yet), where would we have been without Beachum?

  • steeltown

    Nice list

  • JAMESH

    Miss Congeniality- Felix Jones

  • JAMESH

    GladYouLeft…GladYouCameBack POY- William Gay

  • steeltown

    Without a doubt

  • JAMESH

    YouCouldHaveRetiredOnTop…NowWeDon’tLikeYou POY- Ryan Clark

  • JAMESH

    MostLikelyToBeDifficultAnswerToTriviaQuestion- Matt McBriar

  • JAMESH

    ForgotYouWereEvenOnThisTeam NonPOY- Plaxico Burress

  • steeltown

    I hope we bring back Drew Butler in the offseason to compete for a spot, he’s only 24yrs old, he has room to grow. If you look at the numbers they are very similar to that of McBriar and/or better than any other guy brought in.

  • DrakePirate

    sad but true …

  • AndyR34

    I think it is pretty clear that the FO knew he was this good.

  • Luke Shabro

    Co-winners: Chris Carter and Levi Brown

  • Luke Shabro

    Good point. I thought at the time that Victor Cruz got his deal with similar numbers to AB that the Giants got the better deal. I was way off. And that’s why Colbert gets paid the big bucks. Have he had some misses? Sure. What team hasn’t? But I am still a believer in Colbert, Khan and the for the most part Tomlin

  • Mike Carroll

    I agree the offense is heading in the right direction and the future looks bright for that unit next season. But, despite all the recent advantages in favor of offense, the best teams are still able to play great defense. I think we’ll see one of those teams hoisting the Lombardi trophy in six weeks.

  • Mike Carroll

    Nice to see somebody acknowledge Ben as the team MVP.

  • JAMESH

    Never have it be said that I didn’t do the least I could do…..

  • JAMESH

    Now you have me thinking Levi Brown should at least share the MostLikelyToBeDifficultAnswerToTriviaQuestion Award.

  • AndyR34

    Of course they had misses…how many of us make perfect decisions in our jobs…career, etc. every time. I am not in a position to judge the performance of the FO. I do not have access to all of the info that they do…unlike, apparently, many of the posters on this site who so eloquently explain how bad the FO is…and what they should do different. BTW…I don’t think you were way off on the Cruz thing. Brown has Ben…Cruz has to play with Eli and play in NY. I’m not sure he got enough! LOL!

  • dgh57

    Honorable mention Defensive POY–Jason Worilds for taking over the LOLB position previously occupied by LaMar Woodley!

  • Bob Loblaw

    Agreed. I think everyone was a little unsure how well Brown would do drawing the majority of the attention of the opposing secondary. Just look what happened to Wallace when he started drawing more attention. But Brown pretty much erased all doubts this year, he’s the real deal.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I love this kid. Plays with a lot heart. I just wish his father was around to see his son doing so well.

  • Bill Molinaro

    Whether or not he breaks Franco’s record for total yardage doesn’t make him the rookie back that Franco was. Franco had seven 100 yard rushing games in his rookie season. He was a master of the cutback and had great acceleration. I like what I’ve seen from Bell and I really hope he breaks all of Franco’s records. But from what I’ve seen, I don’t think he will.

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