Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell Likens Himself To 'The Stephen Curry’ Of NFL

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 01/11/17 07:42AM EST
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Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell #26 scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wild Card game(Photo : Rob Carr/Getty Images)

If the NBA has Stephen Curry, the NFL has Le'Veon Bell. This is how the Pittsburgh Steelers running back described himself in bringing 'revolutionary changes' to how running backs should play.

"I think I'm changing the game," Bell told Bleacher Report. "In that sense, I'm what Steph Curry is to basketball. Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily think Steph Curry is the best basketball player, but he changed the game so he's going to always go down as being remembered. Now, everyone wants to shoot the three and shoot it from deep."

And who better knows this man than his long-time friend and Curry's Golden State Warriors teammate Draymond Green, "He'd destroy people. He would know, 'You're playing this defense mostly, so I'm calling this play.' All of a sudden, it's a 20-yard catch. All of a sudden, it's a 25-yard run. Then, he'll dissect your offense. He'll throw an entirely different defensive package at you and shut everything down. It was pretty special."

ESPN describes Bell's style of play as something of a patient waiting game, where he will attack only when opportunity arises. This usually happens when there are no lanes, so Bell will hold his run until something finally opens up.

What's the trick? "I watch the linebacker ... but I'm not going to look at him. I don't even want him to know I see him," Bell told ESPN's Jerome "The Bus" Bettis, a former Steeler and one of the NFL's rushing leaders.

Green likened his friend to the speed of Barry Sanders and the power of Bettis. Adding his unique 'patient' style, "I don't know if we've ever seen that. He's a special runner who's definitely transcending the game and it's fun to watch," Green said, adding that, "No one else in the NFL runs like that, but I guarantee you, there will be some runners coming out-and there's probably some in the NFL now-that'll try to take on that technique."

During last Sunday's game between the Steelers and the Miami Dolphins, Bell broke the Steelers' franchise record for rushing yards in a playoff game (158 yards, set by Hall of Famer Franco Harris during Super Bowl IX), by rushing for 167 yards. The Steelers won, 30-12.

His performance caught the eye of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, the Steelers' opponent in the Divisional Round this weekend. "[Bell is] the most patient [running back] that I've ever seen, Reid admitted adding that, "That's a unique style -- one that he's kind of created."



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