Bell rang true, and was one of a kind 

May, 8, 2014
May 8
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LOS ANGELES -- The late Ricky Lynn Bell, the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977 and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, is perhaps the most extreme of the famed USC Trojans tailbacks, just by the style and no-nonsense way he ran.

Originally a linebacker/fullback out of Los Angeles Fremont High in 1972, Bell was that proverbial bull in a China closet and then some.

At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds of muscle and athleticism, fans of that USC era will tell you while there have been faster Trojans tailbacks, ball-carriers with more juke and jelly legs and running backs presenting more finesse. But Rumbling Ricky ran fast enough, could accelerate if he saw an opening and had all the finesse of a jackhammer.