The Massachusetts Pirates have re-signed offensive lineman/fullback Mitchell Bell for the 2020 season. With his signing, Bell becomes the first player ever to be with the Pirates for three seasons. The 6’4”, 315 lb. Bell appeared in seven games last year and had two receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown. A product of Worthing High School in Houston, Texas, Bell played in four games in the 2018 season for Massachusetts.
I’m all set to go,” Bell said. “We’ve got unfinished business; we gotta get that ring. It’s my third season in the NAL (National Arena League) and time to finish what we started.” He also wanted to return to the City of Worcester. “Worcester is a great place to be. I think its on the rise; an up and coming city. I like it. I’m comfortable there,” he added.
Pirates owner and general manager Jawad Yatim is comfortable with the abilities that Bell brings to his club.
"Mitch provides versatility for us on the offensive side of the ball. Being a nimble footed 300 pounder like he is allows us to use him in multiple ways. He is one of our longer tenured players and I'm glad to have him back on board for the upcoming season," Yatim said.
Bell wants to be a part of the Pirates success story.
“We keep getting closer and closer. For the past two seasons that I’ve been here we’ve gone to the playoffs and lost the game before the championship. It’s the hump we’re trying to get over. We’re getting better. We’re showing signs of great improvement,” he said.
Bell also wants to progress with his offensive skills.
“Actually, I signed this year as a fullback. I’ll be wearing number 28 this year. I’ll run that ball. I’ll have touchdowns this year. I’m trying to be offensive MVP. They’ve got to give me that ball and keep it on the ground,” he said with authority.
Bell, who is know for his comedic presence, feels that keeping it fun is the only way to approach football because, it’s just a game.
“I think it’s always needed when we’re up-tight. At the end of the day we’re just playing football. There’s no pressure in football. I feel like pressure is a single mother who doesn’t know when she’s going to get her next check and she has to take care of her kids, that’s pressure, that’s real pressure. I think we need to just lighten up and realize at the end of the day our job is to play football and there’s really not much pressure in that. Just go out there and do what you have to do. You can be your own worst enemy in football if you’re down on yourself, or not feeling well. You are the only person who can stop those issues,” Bell said
Bell played football at Navarro Junior College and Louisiana Tech. He went undrafted but was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad in 2015. Later he starred in the Indoor Football League with Iowa. After taking part in The Spring League in Texas, he was invited to the Carolina Panthers minicamp in 2018 before landing in camp with the Montreal Alouettes and then finally with the Pirates.
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