March 31, 1991 |
His friends remember him as a caring, sensitive person who battled for his life as courageously as he performed as an athlete. Ricky Bell, a former USC tailback and pro football player, died Nov. 28, 1984, at 29. The cause of death was an uncommon muscular disease of the heart called cardiomyopathy, which is related to dermatomyositis, an inflammation of the skin and muscles. Even though he endured pain, he never conceded to the disease that was ravaging his body.
March 4, 1985 |
Lou Gehrig would have liked Ricky Bell. He would have admired his style. He would have appreciated his rare gifts of grace and strength and durability. He would have respected his humility in victory and defeat. They were iron men of different generations, Gehrig and Bell, yet they seemed bound by a common thread. Gehrig, the Yankee first baseman, played 2,130 consecutive games. Bell, the tireless USC tailback, once carried the ball 51 times in a single game.
August 13, 2004 |
Ricky Bell powered his way into USC football lore with a bull-like running style that broke the mold for Trojan tailbacks. On Saturday, the late Trojan runner will receive a permanent place in college football history when he is enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. Bell, who died in 1984 at 29, is part of a 13-member Division I-A class that includes Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann, Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders and Iowa coach Hayden Fry.
January 30, 1985
Sports agent Mike Trope said Tuesday that he and about 25 of his clients in the NFL will donate approximately $100,000 to the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) to establish a neighborhood family center in South Central Los Angeles as a memorial to the late Ricky Bell. Trope said he has contributed $27,000 to the agency, and that he has received donations from a number of his clients, including a $5,000 check from the Rams' Johnnie Johnson.
October 13, 2001
I recently read that UCLA Coach Bob Toledo declared that DeShaun Foster was in "a class of his own" when compared to any of the other running backs he has been involved with over the years. When reminded that this group included Ricky Bell, Charles White and Marcus Allen, he went on to declare that Foster "is the best I've ever coached." Toledo is absolutely right. Foster is "in a class of his own." He stands outside, peering through the window, dreaming of what it might be like, but knowing he'll never get in. Michael Grabendike Riverside
April 22, 1990 |
This album by founding New Edition singers Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronald Devoe is worlds removed from their old kiddy fluff. Like former ally Bobby Brown, they have moved into hardcore hip-core territory, singing about such things as nymphets who linger backstage. In New Edition, the trio took a back seat to Brown and Ralph Tresvant. This album should put them in the driver's seat at last.