COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl safety Todd Bell died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday morning while driving his car in Columbus. He was 46.
Bell played seven years for the Bears and earned Pro Bowl honors
in 1984. He spent the 1985 season on injured reserve when the
Bears finished 15-1 and won the Super Bowl.
A favorite of former Bears defensive coordinator
Buddy Ryan, Bell signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988
when Ryan coached the team.
Bell starred at Ohio State, earning All-Big Ten selections as a
junior and senior. The Buckeyes went to the Rose Bowl with an
11-0 record in Bell's junior year, but lost to Southern
California, 17-16, costing them the national championship. In
that game, Bell ran down Heisman Trophy winner Charles White
from behind and stripped him of the ball to prevent a touchdown.