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Tatum Bell
No. 25     Florida Tuskers
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: March 2, 1981 (1981-03-02) (age 28)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Debuted in 2004 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2002)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2003)
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Rushing yards     2,773
Rushing average     4.9
Rushing TDs     16
Career UFL statistics as of 2009
Rushing yards     276
Rushing average     3.9
Rushing TDs     3
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Tatum Antoine Bell (born March 2, 1981 in Dallas, Texas) is an American football running back for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma State.

Bell has also played for the Detroit Lions.


Early years

Tatum Bell grew up in DeSoto, a suburb of Dallas, and attended DeSoto High School. In high school, Tatum Bell was clocked running 4.34 in the 40-yard dash. Tatum Bell was rated a Top-100 high school player in Texas by the Dallas Morning News.

College career

Tatum Bell played for Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2003. Tatum Bell was a starter for three years, rushing for a total of 3,409 yards. 2002 was his best college year, rushing for over 100 yards for 6 out the final 7 games. He had 36 receptions for an additional 258 yards.

Professional career


First stint with Broncos

Bell was drafted 41st overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, after attending Oklahoma State University for four years and finishing sixth on the school's all-time career rushing yards list. He debuted with the Denver Broncos in 2004, and led all AFC rookie running backs in rushing yards. In 2005 he was the second part of a dual running back system with Mike Anderson and rushed for 920 yards.

Detroit Lions

On March 1, 2007, Tatum was traded along with George Foster and a draft pick to the Detroit Lions for Dré Bly.

On October 12, 2007 it was revealed that Tatum Bell had asked the Lions to trade him earlier in the week, due to the re-emergence of Kevin Jones and his diminished role at tailback. Bell has since told the media that he didn't demand a trade, but that he simply was disappointed in his diminishing role on the team. [1]

On March 10, 2008, Bell re-signed with the Lions on a one-year contract. He stated that his goal for the 2008 NFL season was to rush for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns. However, he was released by the Lions on September 1 after the team signed running back Rudi Johnson. The following day Johnson accused Bell of stealing his luggage. Bell insisted, "it was just an honest mistake." [2]

Bell has a reputation for costly fumbles, including 5 fumbles in the 2006 season, all ending in turnovers. These fumbles led to the Oakland Raiders naming their fumble recovery drill "The Tatum Bell Drill".[3]

Second stint with Broncos

Bell re-signed with the Broncos on November 11, 2008.[4] He was not re-signed following the season.

Florida Tuskers

Bell was signed by the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League on September 3, 2009. During the week of November 19th he ran for 365 yards and set a UFL record.[5]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Reuben Droughns
Denver Broncos Starting Running Back
(split time with Mike Anderson)
Succeeded by
Travis Henry
Awards and achievements


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