Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are widely considered to be the two leading candidates for the NFL's MVP award this season, but Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes teammate Le'Veon Bell deserves consideration as well.
“Bell is having an MVP-caliber season,” Roethlisberger told Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 The Fan.
Bell has 1,278 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 262 carries and he’s hauled in 76 passes for 765 yards and three more scores.
Bell has also not recorded a fumble this season. If he does not fumble in Pittsburgh’s final two games of the year, Bell would become just the third player in NFL history accumulate 2,000 yards from scrimmage without a fumble. Barry Sanders of the Lions accomplished the feat in 1994, as did Marshall Faulk in 2000 for the Rams.
Bell trails only Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray in yards from scrimmage. He and Murray are the only players in the NFL to surpass to 2,000-yard mark in that category. Matt Forte of the Bears is third with 1,677.
- Phil Watson