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Blake Bell Q&A: 'Belldozer' is loving life as a tight end with Dallas Cowboys

Dallas tight end Blake Bell (80) looks out towards the field as he huddles with teammates in the tunnel before warmups prior to the Sept. 27 game at Seattle. [AP Photo/John Froschauer]
Dallas tight end Blake Bell (80) looks out towards the field as he huddles with teammates in the tunnel before warmups prior to the Sept. 27 game at Seattle. [AP Photo/John Froschauer]

From Oklahoma quarterback to Super Bowl champion tight end, Blake Bell has had an unconventional football journey. Now with the Dallas Cowboys, Bell is in line to get plenty of playing time. The Oklahoman recently caught up with him.

Q: What was playing for Kansas City and winning the Super Bowl like?

A: It was amazing, man. It was a hell of a ride, and we had a great team, great coaches. The playoffs came and I felt like the team peaked at the right time and guys were staying healthy. It was unbelievable getting to have all your family out there though the playoffs, and even the Super Bowl being with you as well. It was really cool.

What was going through your head when you got signed by the Cowboys?

Yeah I was a free agent, and it’s kind of a tough process especially when COVID hit, there’s really no visits or anything. It’s just kind of you and your agent talking to teams. But leaving KC obviously after that run was tough, but the Cowboys came in and I signed with them and it’s been great, man. I love it here, and like I said it’s a great locker room, great coaching staff as well and I’m excited to be here and be apart of it.

How much higher are the expectations playing for the Cowboys opposed to other teams in the league?

Yeah it’s a great organization and they treat us right here and it’s been awesome. Definitely in the back of your mind it’s the Dallas Cowboys and it’s America’s team, but at the end of the day it’s football and we’re going out there each and every week and every day and trying to get better and win games. Ultimately that’s what we want to do here is win games. Like I said, we’re just working towards that one game at a time.

With Blake Jarwin unfortunately done for the season, you and Dalton Schultz are gonna be looked at to step up, how are you handling that situation currently?

Yeah it was terrible when Blake got injured. He’s been great, him and Dalton since I’ve been here. Just teaching me stuff, because obviously it’s a lot of stuff that is similar to the offense last year. Just for them to teach me the ins and outs of the offense, it’s been great. Blake’s been a huge help and it’s a huge loss for us. But yeah me and Dalton, it’s kind of the next man up and we’re going out there and doing whatever we can do to help the team win. And that’s been my motto, and I’m looking forward to trying to get better each and every day and going out there and trying to win man.

The tight end position is one of the most versatile in the league, how has adapting to that been?

You know, the tight end position in the NFL is kind of trending towards knowing how to do it all. If there’s a six technique down there you have to know how to block him, you gotta be able to release and run routes, and you gotta be able to pass protect. The tight end position is hard, but it’s a fun position and that’s why I love it so much. You can learn something each and every day. You’re always learning. With all the great tight ends around the league, you can definitely learn a lot watching film.

Oklahoma is a small but tight-knit state through football, what does it mean to you to be able to represent the school, and in a way the state?

It means everything. I was there for five years and I love Oklahoma the state and I love Oklahoma football and everything about it. Anytime I can get back and go to a game and things like that in the offseason, and get around the coaches I know and just watch them play, it’s awesome. I’ll always be an OU guy and always be a Sooner for life. It doesn’t get any better.

Derek Parker

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