Congratulations to Hall of Famer Bobby Bell: Now a college grad

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What a great story: Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Bobby Bell, a 1995 inductee of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and later named a Missouri Sports Legend, has completed his college degree.

The Kansas City Star is on the scene with two sports writers covering Bell’s big weekend at the University of Minnesota, which will award Bell a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation.

The 75-year-old completed his degree 52 years after being a seventh-round draft pick (56th overall) of the Chiefs in the 1963 American Football League draft. He also was a second-round selection (16th overall) in the National Football League draft the same year.

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Bell was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time first-team All-Pro. He played his entire career with the Chiefs from 1963 to 1974, recording 26 interceptions and 40 quarterback sacks, an impressive number considering he played right linebacker, not left.

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame named Bell a Missouri Sports Legend in 2006 and has been involved in numerous events for the Hall over the years.