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EP 39: Interview With Retired NFL Player Jason Bell

Jason enjoyed a 7 year career in the NFL playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants.  He is an art lover, and has some pieces from some prominent artists.  He also likes to visit galleries which are all over Europe where he currently lives.  He started playing organized football when he was 14.  He played other sports as well but knew football was his best sport.  He chose UCLA over the University of Washington after having already committing to Washington.  He had his mom tell the Huskies the bad news that he wouldn’t be coming there.  He had a great career at UCLA and was a top defensive back prospect his junior year.  However he injured his foot that season and received a medical red-shirt.  The next season, he played but wasn’t fully recovered from his injury.  He was playing well but at the end of the season he was injured again.  His pro opportunities now depended on his pro day.  He ran scorching 40-yard dash time which impressed the scouts.  That earned him an opportunity with the Cowboys.  He impressed them with his work ethic and special teams efforts, which earned him a spot in the roster.  He also learned from the veterans on the team like Darren Woodson who gave him advice that stuck with him throughout his career.  He then played for the Texans which he loved as Houston was passionate for the team after just getting an NFL team back since loosing the Oilers.  He finished with the Giants, where he eventually made a switch to safety after playing corner his entire career.  He was interested in financial planning after interacting with guys and noticing that there was a void in quality Real Estate advice and services for them.  He got his MBA through the NFL program and after he was done playing went into Wealth Management.  It was a chance meeting that brought him into broadcasting for the BBC.  He ran into an executive at a pet store in Britain where he was shopping with his daughter.  That led to him being a co-host of The NFL Show, that he does with Osi Umenyiora.  The sport is growing rapidly there, and he can envision an NFL team expanding there.  There is an NFL academy as well where kids from all over Europe can attend and go to school while learning the game.  For more information on Jason and all that he’s doing, please follow the links below.

 

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About the author, Lyle

1st round pick of the BC Lions in the 2001 draft, 3rd overall. 10 year CFL player, retiring in 2011. 2 Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2006.

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