Steelers Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell Wins 2013 Joe Greene Great Performance Award

His season certainly didn’t get off to great start because of a foot injury suffered during the preseason, but rookie running back Le’Veon Bell progressed once he got on the field and as a result he has been named the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 recipient of the “Joe Greene Great Performance Award” that is given annually to the outstanding rookie every year by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Bell has rushed for 770 yards in 12 starts with seven touchdowns, and added 393 yards receiving. In the Sunday win over the Green Bay Packers, he registered his first career 100 yard game as he racked up 124 yards on the ground along with a touchdown late in the game that put the Steelers ahead for good.

After sitting out the first three games of the season with a sprained foot, Bell rushed for 57 yards in his regular season debut against the Minnesota Vikings in London, and scored two touchdowns, becoming the first rookie to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Bam Morris in 1994.

“It means a lot to win this,” Bell said after receiving award. “It’s a great award. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, with the help of the offensive linemen and coaches. I am thankful for it. Hopefully I will continue to get better.

“And to win the award named after Joe Greene means everything to me. Meeting him was great, and winning an award named after him is the icing on the cake.”

Previous Winners Of The Joe Greene Great Performance Award
1984 – WR Louis Lipps
1985 – P Harry Newsome
1986 – LB Anthony Henton
1987 – CB Delton Hall
1988 – RB Warren Williams
1989 – SS Carnell Lake
1990 – TE Eric Green
1991 – TE Adrian Cooper
1992 – FS Darren Perry
1993 – LB Chad Brown
1994 – RB Bam Morris
1995 – QB Kordell Stewart
1996 – FB Jon Witman
1997 – CB Chad Scott –
1998 – OG Alan Faneca
1999 – WR Troy Edwards
2000 – FB Dan Kreider
2001 – LB Kendrell Bell
2002 – OG Kendall Simmons
2003 – S Troy Polamalu
2004 – QB Ben Roethlisberger
2005 – TE Heath Miller
2006 – WR Santonio Holmes
2007 – P Daniel Sepulveda
2008 – LB Patrick Bailey
2009 – WR Mike Wallace
2010 – C Maurkice Pouncey
2011 – OT Marcus Gilbert
2012 – OT Mike Adams

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Bell has been the most impressive rookie this year but if Wheaton was used more there might be a debate

  • Lamarr56

    Who is this Patrick Bailey guy, and where is he now?

  • SteelersDepot

    If my aunt had balls she would be my uncle. Go ahead and down vote me, but this is silly.

  • Matt Manzo

    I was wondering where he was now, too? I remember him!

  • Madi

    He was an undrafted free agent rookie that year. He was a stud on special teams. That was the year of Mendenhall (IR), Sweed (not on field), Bruce Davis (bust), and Tony Hills (bust). Bailey was great, but ST only. Couldn’t hack it on defense.
    I believe he’s currently doing more of the same in Tennessee.

  • CW

    He definitely deserves the Great Performance Award.

    Bell is closing on 1200 all purpose offensive yards (rushing, receiving) with one game to go and is averaging about 96.6 yards per game in rushing and receiving yards. While he probably will never make his way to the Hall of Fame, Bell with a full 16 games and a better understanding of the full playbook might very well make it to the Pro Bowl in the next couple of seasons.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Id give it to Thomas just for chasing down that dude on the final kick return. That would have been a kick in the balls if that went for a TD

  • BurgherinMD

    A lot to like about this guy. After seeing what the Lisfranc did to Smokey Holmes, Spaeth and others it was awesome to see this kid come in and really perform well. He is patient, a decent receiver, a bigger body to shed tackles and help pick up blitzes. Did his receiving skills help keep a healthy Wheaton on the sideline in the empty set shotgun?

  • Jones

    Not saying he’ll make it, but why rule him out of the HoF after only his rookie season (& a darn good one at that)?

  • CW

    Almost no one makes it.

    Bettis is still on the waiting list and he’s a top 6 all time running back (since LT retired) and retired a top 5 running back immediately behind Curtis Martin.

    So saying probably doesn’t ever make the Hall of Fame is only logical.

    If Bell has got 7,000 to 8,000 yards total production in 4 or five years and at least a few more 1,000 yard seasons in him then the situation probably changes, but the odds are against him like they are against almost every running back with the exception of AP right now.

  • Steve

    Thomas will be taking Clarks spot next year

  • Tom Savastano

    Nice string of drafting (award winners) from Troy to Holmes.. Lets hope Bell is the beginning of the next impacting drafting run!

  • steeltown


    Great character guy.. immediately thanks his Teammates and OLine

  • sgishusa

    This list says a lot about our team and its’ decline. Look at the quality of player from 2001-2006 versus that since then. The 2006-2009 selections are not even members of the team anymore. The front office really let us down in recent years with poor drafts and cap management.