Skip to content

Former NC St. captain Ricky Bell passes away

Ricky Bell

There’s sad news to bring you this evening as former North Carolina State defensive back Ricky Bell passed away last week, the Associated Press is reporting.

Bell died Feb. 17 in Columbia, S.C., although no cause of death was given.  He was just 36 years old.

Bell was a captain of the Wolfpack in the mid-nineties, and spent three seasons in the NFL upon leaving college.  He ultimately landed in the CFL, where he won a Grey Cup with Calgary in 2001.

“I’m always disrupted and saddened when I hear that,” said B.C. Lions coach Wally Buono, who coached Bell in Calgary. “These are young men that you would never think would be passing away before you are. I’m a lot older than Ricky.

“For his family it’s a tragedy. For the CFL you have to give thought of that. He was a competitor. He was a good guy. He was a good football player and helped us win a Grey Cup.”

Bell is survived by his daughter Nyla.

Permalink 2 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Atlantic Coast Conference, NC State Wolfpack, Rumor Mill
2 Responses to “Former NC St. captain Ricky Bell passes away”
  1. edgy says: Feb 27, 2011 3:20 PM

    He lived 9 years longer than the “other” Ricky Bell, who played at USC. Another tragedy. Condolences to his family and friends.

  2. edgy says: Feb 27, 2011 3:22 PM

    Meant 7 years longer.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!