Blake Bell's 1st NFL touchdown was like a dream come true

The Wichita native's family has a long history with the Chiefs

Marc LaVoie
January 14, 2020 - 9:45 am
Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Blake Bell (81) celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA

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Kansas City, MO - Tight end Blake Bell wasn't the only one celebrating when he scored his first NFL touchdown for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The viral video of the fifth-year pro catching the ball, running through the end zone and jumping up into the stands has been viewed thousands of times. Bell's score was part of a record-breaking offensive onslaught in the Chiefs' 51-31 playoff victory over the Houston Texans. 

"I kind of blacked out a little bit there," Blake said. "I was having so much fun and so pumped."

It was a bit of a homecoming when Blake Bell signed with the Chiefs during the off-season. He grew up in Wichita.

His dad's twin brother, Mike, was a pro-bowl defensive end in Kansas City in the 80s. 

Blake had about 30 friends and family at the game. That includes his uncle and his dad, Mark Bell, who also played in the NFL.

Blake never thought he'd line up as a tight end - he was one of the best quarterback prospects in the country coming out of Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita in 2009. Suitors from around the country wanted him.

"Notre Dame, KU, K-State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia," Mark remembered, saying his son's favorite team had always been Oklahoma.

Blake's career with the Sooners was challenging.

Backing up Landry Jones, he was used on short yardage situations. At 6-foot-6, 254 pounds, he rarely failed to get the first down or a touchdown.

Fans started calling him the 'Belldozer', and many still do.

The fans also remember the classy way he handled himself when changes came to college football that forced the pro-style quarterback out of a job.

Even after a great junior season as the starter the coaching staff decided to go with a smaller, quicker quarterback. Instead of transferring, Blake asked if he could switch to tight end, a gutsy move that impressed the OU coaching staff. 

After only one season at the position, Blake was drafted as a tight end by the San Francisco 49ers. He then had stints in Minnesota and Jacksonville, and now Kansas City. 

His dad remembers when Blake was little, Uncle Mike would take their kids onto the sidelines. Blake remembers, too.

"Going in the locker room and meeting Tony Gonzalez, it's just things like that, when you're a young kid, that's the coolest thing ever," Blake said. "And then all of a sudden, you snap your fingers and you're running out of the tunnel yourself."

Mark couldn't be happier to have his son in KC. He says his son is happy with his role on the team, backing up Travis Kelce, one of the greatest tight ends in league history.

"For Blake and for our whole Bell family, it's a dream come true for us, and to be part of the Chiefs Kingdom, we just can't put it into words," Mark said. "This part right now with the Chiefs is magical."

"Being close to home and family, it's pretty cool," Blake said.


Pictured below - Blake's Uncle Mike Bell dressed out in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform:  

Aug 10, 1991; St. Louis, MO, USA; FILE PHOTO; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Bell (99) on the sideline against the New York Jets at Busch Stadium during the 1991 preseason. Mandatory Credit: Herb Weitman-USA TODAY NETWORK
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