Former Cardinals safety Yeremiah Bell annouces retirement in hometown newspaper
The Arizona Cardinals made veteran free agent safety Yeremiah Bell one of their first signings when the new regime of general manager Steve Keim and Bruce Arians started to rebuild the team in 2013.
Bell was never a popular signing for the Cardinals faithful, he was 35-years old at the time and the team had just released to fan favorites at the same position Bell played – Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes. He was an even less popular signing once the season started and his efficiency at covering tight ends was exposed.
Despite this, he brought ten years of experience with him and a inside-knowledge of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ defensive scheme. Bell worked with Bowles in Miami. This knowledge helped the Cardinals defense become a force and be ranked the number one rushing defense in the league.
Bell announced his retirement in his hometown newspaper after ten seasons in the NFL
“I’m done,” Bell said. “It’s not official because my agent hasn’t turned in the papers yet but within myself, I’ve played my career.”
Bell was a free agent and had been in talks with the Cardinals to return for another year. But Bell decided he didn’t want to play until “the wheels fell off”. He feels as if he made the best choice to retire.
“Football is a brutal sport and some guys stay with it until the league kicks them out but I felt like this way, the choice is strictly on me and I’m happy with it. Everybody else is a little more tore up about me not playing than I am because that’s what I’m been doing my whole life. I’m happy to be home and where I’m at. I love Kentucky and my family. That’s big for me.”
The 37-yeal old Bell also played for the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. He recorded eight interceptions and nine forced fumbles. Two of the career interceptions came whilst playing or the Cardinals. Bell also has 13.0 career sacks (1.0 with the Cardinals) and 566 tackles (61 with the Cardinals)
Bell said that he’d like to take a year off then come back and coach at the high school level.
“I want to coach the game when it’s still fun and the kids are still learning,” he said. “The kids are still raw and I can teach a lot of what I learned and just go out there and have fun with it. I just want to coach high school and give back some of the things I’ve learned.”
Yeremiah Bell may not have been the most popular player on the Cardinals roster, but he was a membber of the Birdgang. He’ll always be remembered for that fact. We at Phoenix Sport-Kings wish you the best of luck in retirement, Yeremiah.