Former Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell says his mother, Lisa Bell-Russell, cried when she found out he had been drafted by her favorite NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“She grew up a Steelers fan, everyone in my family did,” said Bell to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. “My grandpa grew up a fan of the team. That is where she got it from. She was in tears when they drafted me.
“The fact that I got drafted here made it more exciting for everyone. I am happy to be here. I am glad it’s not too far away. It’s the perfect distance. My mom can drive to the games. She is so excited and I am happy for her.”
Bell-Russell said she told Bell that the Steelers would draft him, which they did with the 48th overall pick.
“It was surreal when they selected him,” said Bell-Russell. “I couldn’t believe it. I just cried. I kept telling him he was going to the Steelers and he was like, mom, really. It’s surreal because I grew up a Steelers fan.”
Bell-Russell joked that she was more excited than Bell when they came to Pittsburgh for the Steelers fan blitz the day after he was drafted. She got to see the Super Bowl trophies, met some players and took a picture with Joe Greene.
“I think I was more excited being there than Le’Veon was,” she joked. “I always watched the Steelers but have never been here. Seeing the trophies was awesome. That took a lot of tradition, hard work and family. To get those you have to work as family, one unit.”
Bell-Russell said she’s very happy her son achieved his dream of playing football professionally.
“From a little boy Le’Veon said he was going to the league. He stuck to what he believed in. I realized he was serious in seventh grade when he took football and being competitive so seriously. I am happy he achieved his dream.”