Meet West Michigan Hawks linebacker/safety Robert Bell. A graduate from East Grand Rapids High School, Bell earned a scholarship to play collegiate football at the University of Toledo. He also played for Team USA in the World Junior Championships in 2009, when the team earned a gold medal. Bell took his talents to Europe to play professionally for two seasons after college.
When not on the football field, Bell enjoys doing whatever comes to mind with his girl friend Amanda. Two-day vacations, golfing, and swimming are among their favorite activities.
Bell’s biggest role model is his mother, Dawn Wright. “She still works overtime at her career job and for the past seven years has picked up a second job just to keep herself busy,” said Bell. “She’s taught me positive ways to deal with adversity and I thank her everyday for being my mother and a great example of the way to be in life! Loving, caring, hardworking!”
Bell is ecstatic to be a part of the Hawks organization. “I’ve been a part of many different organizations, whether I’ve been paid, or paying to play, and I believe this organization is headed in the right direction,” he said. “The fact that Coach Lange implements playing for causes is the simple fact as to why I put my body on the line for this team. I want to be a Hawk for every reason that we are out helping the community and giving back to those who are in need of the awareness!”
Coach David Lange enjoys the experience that Bell brings to the table.
“Robert Bell is by far above and beyond one of the most humbling and easy people to be around,” he said. “His love for the game is second to none. His football background is enough to make any coach smile, playing college ball for the Toledo Rockets, then taking his talents over seas. This guy is good and is the kind of hitter that makes your jaw drop. His knowledge of football is at the top. He is definitely a great leader that I think a lot, if not all, can look up to.”
Bell also founded the “Ready 2 Bee” foundation, which focuses on teaching high school aged football players how to properly prepare their skill set for NCAA level competition.
The community aspect of the team that Coach Lange emphasizes was a big motivator for Bell when he decided to join the Hawks. “Simply put, it’s the reason why I’m here,” said Bell. “He doesn’t just talk about it, he in facts goes out in this community and DOES it. A man that sacrifices his own well-being for the betterment and awareness of others will always be a winner in my book. I’ve got his back no matter what!”