Joique Bell understands that playing in the NFL will not last forever and he’s making sure he’s prepared for whatever the future may hold.
Bell has already begun to work on a master’s degree in sports administration at Wayne State University, the same college for which he played football. In fact, he took two online classes during the season and is finishing up his first year in the program. This is nothing new for the Detroit Lions running back, as it is very comparable to what he experienced during his amateur days.
“It’s similar to college,” Bell said. “When you’re in college you have study table, you have classes, you have football practices, so I have to schedule my classes as such. My teachers understand what I have to do and some of my classes are online, so it makes it a lot easier on me.”
Following the playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Bell had surgery to address issues he had with his knee and Achilles tendon, but everything went well.
“Everything is good,” Bell said. “Everything is coming around OK. Surgery was a success. Right now, it’s just a time thing.”
Bell is a crucial part of the Lions offense, especially when it comes to improving the running game, but unless the offensive line improves, the rushing attack will continue to suffer. A boost in the running game is something that the Lions offense could greatly use as the team ranked 28th in the league in that category.
Bell has the tools to be successful in football, and he continues to acquire the tools that will make him successful after football. There is definitely something to be said about that.