Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is attempting an NFL comeback and is looking to play for only one team — the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell said in new videos posted to Snapchat that he will start training in March, and if he feels good after training, he will continue that path to come back better than ever, but he implied that he will only play for one team.
“I won’t start training until like March,” Bell said. “And I’m gonna be honest with myself, I got to go out there and be like, I’m going to put my foot in the ground. Do I feel it? Am I hurting? Can I go out there and really play again? And bro, I’m telling you all right now when I go out there and train in March and if I hit April and I make this decision to come back to play in the NFL again, mark my words down — I will be better than I ever was. And I will only come back for that one team. You all know who iti is. I don’t have to say no team. You all know who it is.”
Bell visited the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex for the first time since 2017 in December for the team’s walkthrough. During the 2018 season, the Steelers franchise tagged Bell for a second time, and the star running back held out for the entire season. In the offseason, he left to sign with the Jets, but Bell is out of football just five years later.
Bell expressed similar regrets this summer about how his tenure in Pittsburgh ended. He apologized for how he left and hoped that the fences could be mended between the two sides. Evidently, with his invitation to the facility, it would seem that has occurred, and Bell is accepted into the team’s alumni.
“You know, I’ve gotten requests to come on podcasts and all the know, but really you’re right. I never apologized to the fans and they really should know,” Bell said. “For leaving the Steelers, I never apologized. I want to say that I apologize for leaving the best damn fans in this world. I shouldn’t have left. I should’ve never left. I apologize, that’s my fault, that’s on me.”
Last summer, during an interview with the Steel Here Podcast, talked about the potential of coming back to the Steelers for one last opportunity to run through a hole.
“I never officially retired,” Bell said. “The day when I retire, it will be with Pittsburgh. … Before I do that, I may be like, hey, let me get a couple of carries in the preseason so I can show y’all something.”
Bell, who spent five seasons with the Steelers after being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, has not played in the league since 2021, but he hasn’t officially retired. If he can make one last trip into a locker room and go after it, it seems he will be open to that notion. Bell played for multiple teams trying to find a foothold in 2021, and now could look again.