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Ricky Bell, an all-time favorite

When I was a little kid, my favorite football player was Ricky Bell of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I’m not sure why, since back then we rarely saw the Bucs on TV in New York. I think I liked his name, Tampa’s cool orange unis and the fact that he was extremely physical.

Anyhow, Bell died at age 29 of dermatomyositis, and I was crushed. So I was thrilled a few minutes ago when I found the above clip. Both Bell and Williams look so young; no naive. Ah, yesterday …