Anthony Bell
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Personal information
Born: (1964-07-02) July 2, 1964 (age 59)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Boyd H. Anderson (FL)
College:Michigan State
NFL draft:1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:102

Anthony Dewitt Bell (born July 2, 1964) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker for the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He played college football for the Michigan State Spartans and then was selected with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1986 NFL draft[2][3] by the St. Louis Cardinals as the first linebacker selected in that year's draft under new Cardinals coach Gene Stallings.[4]

While enrolled at Michigan State University in 1986, Bell was selected to receive the Chester Brewer Leadership Award which is presented to "a graduating senior for distinguished performance in athletics and scholarship, and for possessing a high degree of leadership qualities and skill."[5]

After playing for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Detroit Lions, and the Los Angeles Raiders, he was released in 1992 as a free agent.[6] He played in the 1995 season for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL, and retired soon thereafter.


  1. ^ "Anthony Bell Stats". Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "1986 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  3. ^ Whitworth, Steve (August 11, 1986). "Linebacker Anthony Bell, the fifth player selected in the..." United Press International. Archived from the original on April 14, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  4. ^ Barnes, Craig (April 30, 1986). "CARDS DEAL A SURPRISE IN 1ST ROUND, OPT FOR MICHIGAN STATE'S BELL FIFTH". The Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on June 29, 2021. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Michigan State Athletics :: The Chester L. Brewer Award". Michigan State University Athletics. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  6. ^ Springer, Steve (August 25, 1993). "Linebacker Anthony Bell Released". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2020.