In less than two years, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has gone from a second NFL suspension to garnering more fan votes than New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The Pro Bowl fan vote totals are in, and Bell received 855,539, while Brady received 833,481.
Bell wasn’t the only member of the Steelers who is among the leaders in fan votes. Wide receiver Antonio Brown was right behind Brady with 832,446 votes.
It has been a special year for both Steelers. Brown is in the discussion for MVP, with 99 receptions for 1,509 yards and 9 touchdowns with three games remaining in the regular season.
However, Bell’s steady presence has been just as much of a factor in the Steelers’ climb back toward the top of the NFL the last two seasons.
He was suspended three games to start the 2016 season for a violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy, and it was the second time in two years he had to begin the season with a suspension. Also, he was injured after he returned in 2015 and played in only six games.
In 12 games in 2016, Bell rushed for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also caught 75 passes for 616 yards and 2 touchdowns. With three games remaining this season, he has 1,105 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Bell also has 75 receptions for 579 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Bell has cemented his place as one of the best players at any position in the NFL.