HOF’er Bell to finally graduate 12 May 15

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Most people in the University of Minnesota’s college of education and human development class of 2015 will be pondering their futures.

Bobby Bell’s lifelong goal will be reached by walking across the stage.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker will graduate Thursday from Minnesota, 52 years after his college career was done. The 74-year-old Bell recently returned to the school he left 13 credits short of a degree in recreation, park and leisure studies. The university guided him toward fulfillment of the promise he once made to his late father in North Carolina.

Bell helped lead the Gophers to the 1960 national championship and a 1962 Rose Bowl victory, before a 12-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs that included a Super Bowl title and six All-Pro selections.