Bell Named Steelers' 2014 MVP

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was recognized for his outstanding play today by his teammates, who voted him the team's 2014 Most Valuable Player. It is the first time Bell has received the award and the seventh occasion in team history that a running back was named Steelers MVP. Bell is the first running back since 2006 (Willie Parker) to be named team MVP.

Bell has established himself as one of the best running backs in team history in just his second season. His 2,115 yards from scrimmage is a new single-season franchise record, and his 77 receptions for 774 yards are also single-season team records for running backs. Bell has totaled 11 touchdowns (eight rushing, three receiving) on the season.

Currently, Bell has rushed for 1,341 yards on the season, which is good for second in the NFL and is tied for fifth on the team's all-time single-season rushing yards list. He is one of four players in NFL history to record at least 1,300 rushing yards and 750 receiving yards in the same season (Marshall Faulk, Steven Jackson and Brian Westbrook).

Earlier this season, Bell recorded 200 yards from scrimmage in three straight games to join Walter Payton (1977) as just the second player in league history to accomplish that feat. Since making his NFL debut Week Four of the 2013 season, Bell leads the NFL with 3,374 yards from scrimmage.

Bell's Steelers MVP honors come one year after he was honored with the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, given annually to the team's top rookie.

The following is the list of Steelers MVPs since 1969:

1969WR Roy Jeffeson1993CB Rod Woodson
1970DT Joe Greene1994LB Greg Lloyd
1971LB Andy Russell1995QB Neil O'Donnell
1972RB Franco Harris1996RB Jerome Bettis
1973WR Ron Shanklin1997RB Jerome Bettis
1974S Glen Edwards1998LB Levon Kirkland
1975CB Mel Blount1999LB Levon Kirkland
1976LB Jack Lambert2000RB Jerome Bettis
1977QB Terry Bradshaw2001QB Kordell Stewart
1978QB Terry Bradshaw2002WR Hines Ward
1979WR John StallworthLB Joey Porter
1980SS Donnie Shell2003WR Hines Ward
1981LB Jack Lambert2004LB James Farrior
1982CB Dwayne Woodruff2005NT Casey Hampton
1983PK Gary AndersonWR Hines Ward
1984WR John Stallworth2006RB Willie Parker
1985WR Louis Lipps2007LB James Harrison
1986LB Bryan Hinkle2008LB James Harrison
1987LB Mike Merriweather2009QB Ben Roethlisberger
1988LB David Little2010SS Troy Polamalu
CB Rod Woodson2011WR Antonio Brown
1989WR Louis Lipps2012TE Heath Miller
1990CB Rod Woodson2013WR Antonio Brown
1991Greg Lloyd2014RB Le'Veon Bell
1992RB Barry Foster

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