The best Steelers to wear each number: #40 Myron Bell
Each week of the 2021 offseason, Ben Beberman will look back at some great careers to find out which Steelers were the best to wear each jersey number. Stay tuned to see which fan favorites or forgotten greats are mentioned in this weekly series!
A fierce hitter, an embodiment of Steelers football, and a career cut short.
That is how you could describe Myron Bell.
Myron Bell was drafted in the 5th round of the 1994 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. His career with the Steelers was only for six seasons: from 1994-1997 and then he returned for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. His prime time was with his first stint, where he became the Steelers starting strong safety.
Bell started 9 out of 16 games in 1994. Bell managed 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 36 combined tackles.
In 1997, he had his best year in Pittsburgh with 8 starts. He recorded one pick, 1.5 sacks and 58 total tackles.
While his career was very short, he made an impact with the defense. He is one of those players who most would not hear of, and it is a shame we did not get to see more of him: the future safety the Steelers would draft was the great Troy Polamalu. (I suppose some things happen for a reason.)
Bell finished his career with 112 games. He recorded 6.5 sacks, 219 solo tackles, 5 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions.