Since becoming a household name in the UK through his work on the NFL Show and more latterly with his appearance in Strictly Come Dancing, there are few better qualified than Jason Bell to join our Green Room panel for the NFL Broncos @ Jaguars at Wembley in October. Known for his energy and effervescence, Green Room guests will enjoy a memorable combination as Jason takes to the stage with legendary UK TV presenter and avid NFL fan, Vernon Kay.
Jason Bell is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants. During his years on the field he played for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants.
Born on April 1, 1978 in Long Beach, California, Jason grew up playing football, first in high school, before continuing the sport in college. He also did a bit of track and field but ultimately stuck with football and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2001 draft.
Bell made the Cowboys roster based on his strong special teams play and as a gunner, he led the team in special teams tackles with 21. Despite his performances in Dallas, he was waived on September 1, 2002 and had to find a new team.
On September 2, 2002, he was claimed by the Houston Texans and became a part of the inaugural season of the franchise. He led the team with 14 special teams tackles, even though he missed the first 3 games with a fractured right wrist. He received the highly prestigious Ed Block Courage Award at the end of the year. Bell would remain a core special teams player during his time with the Houston Texans. In 2003, he was second on the team with 15 special teams tackles, even though he was declared inactive for 3 games with a knee injury.
In 2004, he registered 6 special teams tackles. On November 17, he was placed on the injured reserve list after breaking his right forearm while covering a punt against the Indianapolis Colts. Subsequently Bell’s contract with the Texans was not renewed and on March 13, 2006, Bell signed as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Giants and was moved to safety during the season. He also played four games with a fractured right forearm he sustained in week 12 against the Tennessee Titans. Bell aggravated a back injury while working out during the offseason and was placed on the injured reserve list on July 25, 2007. He retired in 2008, after having career-ending back surgery the previous year.
After his retirement from the NFL, Bell attended the Harvard Executive Business program and transitioned into private wealth management. He joined Masters Private Client Group, where he is currently a partner, specializing in professional athletes and entertainers and their unique financial needs. He has been noted as one of the “Top 36 Football Players on Wall Street” by Business Insider. In addition to his business work, he worked as an NFL pundit, working alongside Osi Umenyiora, for the BBC’s coverage of the league on their preview and highlights shows. More recently he took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2020 and joined SkySports NFL team in 2021.
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