Le & # 39; Veon Bell is not sorry.
In fact, in the face of the worst start to his great career – with the Jets 1-5 while traveling to play the Jaguars on Sunday – Bell perceives the disadvantage.
During a wide-ranging interview with The Post this week, it became clear that the Jets star actually welcomed the extra level of difficulty this rough start presented him.
"I've never started 1-5, so I kind of look, because it's a great opportunity for me to show what kind of person and player I am to help turn things around," Bell said. "Here's how I look at it. I could sign anywhere I wanted. I was able to go to [a team] which was already good and helped to make them a little better. Or I could go somewhere where they didn't win games and help them win games.
"I am a football player who loves challenges. I've never been in a bad team before and even though they were bad, I felt like I was a good enough player to make them better. So why not try this at the highest level of football?
Plus, I loved growing Jets. People think it's about the money, but the Jets haven't offered me the best deal. They made me happy with the proposal, and that was somewhere I wanted to be. It was an easy decision. "
When the Jets signed Bell, many of his teammates had previously presented the idea of the type of person who would join their dressing room. Bell, a well-known star who came out in 201
Bel and Brown are assumed to be one and the same. This is human nature. Often, however, human nature leads you the wrong way. Bell, who is so modest as a teammate, poses ivna force, as anyone who has ever in the locker room of the Jets met.
"Frankly I expected it to be someone with whom you did not want you around." said offending liner Jonathan Harrison to The Post. "I thought he would go in there like, 'I'm Le'Veon Bell. "I expected to have an ego. But he was the complete opposite. He is so down, so cool. He is one of the boys. "
Lingerie Jordan Jenkins recalled that when the Jets signed Bell, his friend, who is a fan of the Steelers, attacked him.
" He told me, 'Oh man, screw Le' Veon and AB [Brown] and all these selfish dudes, "Jenkins tells The Post." All the little rumors about him being a bad guy or having a negative attitude, that's all bull [bleep]. here, he was cool. He is a great leader for this team.
Bell does not see stars. He does not click for changing rooms. He is teaming up.
"He is one of the hardest players we have in practice, "said offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains." These are the type of guys you need when trying to turn something around and build something. You need the highest paid players to be your hardest worker. & # 39; & # 39;
On Wednesday, he did his usual thing after practice – immersing himself in a game of chess on his mobile phone, bouncing around the locker room and throwing teammates into him, teammate, who plays chess against most is Trevon Wesco's fourth tight end.
"Leon is someone who helps bring the whole team together," Harrison said.
"After I got here, all eyes were on me, seeing what kind of leader I would be," Bell said. "It allows people to see my personality and see what kind of leader I am and the type of eyes that are open to me."
Bell immediately realized how influential his behavior would be on his teammates.
"I always try to stay positive," Bell said. "I may feel different, but I will not show anyone that I feel different because it can affect someone else's mood. I am patient. I realized it would come. It's not like my talent is gone or I'm not a good football player. "
Patience is the virtue of Bell. Where does it come from, who knows? It is very likely that his craze is to play chess.
"When you think about it, he's kind of playing chess on the football field – mentally, he fully understands what's going on and expects the next move," colleague running back Ty Montgomery said.
"I play chess when I play football," Bell said. "He does not say that I am not athletically gifted because I am. But I play so much more than neck up. "
It was the most pleasant and precious surprise Bell brought to the Jets. And they will be better for it. Maybe Sunday in Jacksonville, maybe next week. But its impact will be lasting.
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