Bell named Most Improved Player by PFWA

Running back Le'Veon Bell was named the 2014 Most Improved Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Bell, in his second season, set a Steelers' record with 2,215 yards from scrimmage this year, finishing second in the NFL in that category. He also set a single season Steelers' record for running backs in receptions with 83 and receiving yards with 854. Bell set a record with the most first downs in a season with 114 and rushed for the fifth-most yards (1,361) in a single season in team history.

Bell, who was selected to the Pro Bowl and was already named as a 2014 All-NFL and All-AFC selection by the PFWA, tied Walter Payton with an NFL record three straight games of 200 or more yards from scrimmage.

"I think this year was a good individual performance for me," said Bell. "I haven't stopped and really looked at it. The year went really fast. When I go back and look at the games, I see some of the things I did and am happy, but a lot of credit goes to the guys up front. The offensive line did a tremendous job of opening holes for me this year. You have to give those guys on the line and the tight ends and fullback a lot of credit."

As a rookie Bell rushed for 860 yards and added 399 receiving yards for 1,259 all-purpose yards, which was a Steelers' rookie record. He had 956 more all-purpose yards this year.

Former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart received the same honor in 2001 when he was named Most Improved Player of the Year.

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