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November Newsletter- Alumni Spotlight

Joique Bell

Joique Bell played collegiate football at Wayne State University from 2006-2009. Throughout his collegiate running back career he had numerous accomplishments: won the 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy for the most outstanding Division II football player, 3x Harlon Hill semifinalist, 4x First-Team All-GLIAC, 2x Division II All-American, had 8,055 all-purpose yards in his career (4th in D-II and 9th in NCAA history), scored 576 points (5th in NCAA history), and was only the fourth person in GLIAC history to be a two-time conference Offensive Back of the Year award winner. He also became the fourth player in Division II history to have two 2,000-yard rushing seasons. In college, Bell had a significant impact and held multiple records. Wayne State University has since retired Joique Bell’s No. 5 jersey. 

After his decorated collegiate career, Bell went on to play professional football from 2010-2016. Bell began his career when he signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2010. He has also played with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears. Bell is best known for his time as a Detroit Lion where he garnered much success. He appeared in all 16 games of the 2012 where he compiled 414 rushing yards on 82 carries and had 52 receptions for 285 years; 28 of his receptions were for first downs. He also appeared in all 16 games of the 2013 season where he finished with 650 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Throughout his professional career, he had 563 rushing attempts, 2,241 rushing yards, and scored 22 touchdowns. 

While Bell was still playing professionally, he started the Joique Bell Foundation to give back to his community. Joique Bell Charity positively impacts the community through football and athletics by providing programs for the youth that promote healthy lifestyles and physical fitness, mental health awareness, wealth building, educational advancement, and also provide scholarship opportunities. Joique Bell’s foundation hosts various events for the community such as youth football camps, cheer camps, along with scholarship dinners for local youth. It is important for Bell to give back to his community in Benton Harbor, Michigan and provide opportunities for the youth that help them grow as a person, athlete, and student. Not only is Bell a philanthropist, but he is also an entrepreneur. Bell started a real estate company that focuses on commercial and residential properties. He also owns a cannabis company, created his own cryptocurrency, invested in a pharmaceutical company, and co-hosts his own show “Baligian and Bell.” Joique Bell does it all and has truly impacted the lives of many young children along with his community. 

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