Le’Veon Bell moved on, but didn’t forget.
He wants to show the Steelers they made a huge mistake.
“I’m thinking I’m going to show everybody. I’m going to show people that, look, Pittsburgh had something special and they let it go,” the new Jets running back told USA Today Sports. “That’s what I’m going to go out there and do.”
Bell sat out all of last year because of a contract dispute, unwilling to play a second straight season under the franchise tag, then signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in the offseason.
Bell was replaced by James Conner, who ran for 973 yards and producing 13 total touchdowns in 13 games, though the Steelers failed to reach the playoffs. They then proceeded to trade Antonio Brown to the Raiders after the receiver slammed the team following his dispute with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
There are question marks about what kind of impact Bell, a three-time Pro Bowler, will have after missing all of last season and then sitting out in the preseason. There are also doubts about the Jets, who haven’t reached the playoffs since 2010.
“It didn’t work out in Pittsburgh. I’m out of Pittsburgh. And now I’m in a new city, a new team, and a lot of people haven’t even given us a chance cause they don’t like our roster,” Bell said. “They think we don’t have the talent.”
Bell is hoping to prove those doubters wrong, especially the ones in Pittsburgh.