Warriors rookie Trevor Bell ready to show his stuff

04/02/03 NIFL Fan Article by Philip J. Rogich, Syracuse, UT

At age 29 Trevor Bell is one of the older rookies in the league. Injuries have kept Trevor from seeing any game action as of yet. He is now healed and rested. Trevor is ready make the road trip to Billings and show the league what he’s got.

Trevor grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. He is part of an athletic family. There are four brothers in the family. Troy Bell was a running back at Idaho State. He graduates this year, perhaps he’ll follow Trevor to the NIFL. Travis Bell was ranked nationally as a wrestler at BYU Idaho (formerly Ricks college). Shane Bell was a all-state wrestler in High School. Trevor and his wife Jamie live in Roy with their two daughters Taylor (age 4) & Addi (age 2). Jamie and Trevor are expecting there first son.

Trevor went to Highland High School where he played football, wrestled and played tennis. As a wrestler he took second in state and was the free style state champ. In football he was all conference and all state as a corner back. His team made it to the State Simi-final his junior and senior years.

After high school Trevor took some time off from football. He spent a year at Ricks college, then went on an two year LDS mission to England. Trevor returned to Ricks for one more year. At his final year at Ricks he decided to get back in to football. So he started working out to get ready.

Trevor came back home to Pocatello and walked on to Idaho State Universities football team. He played football there from 1994 to 1997, where he played defensive back. Trevor is the Idaho State Career interception leader with 17 for 209 yards. He also run back punts, with 39 returns, for 471 yards and 1 TD. He is also ranked second and third at Idaho State for most interception in a season. He was a GTE Academic 1st team All-American his junior year. Bell had a great senior year. He was a NCAA division 1-AA All-American and was the leader for interceptions in division 1-AA with eight picks.

After College Trevor had a try-out with the San Francisco 49ers. He spent a week with the team. He then moved to Utah where he went to work and a seminary teacher. After being out of football for a year Trevor got an agent. He then tried to break into the CFL. Four teams showed interest but nothing panned out. Football was still in his blood and he was not ready to give it up. In 2000 Trevor started playing for the Simi-pro team, the Ogden Rhino-Raiders after being out of football for two years. Bell started out playing corner back and was a return man. He then started seeing action at wide receiver. In 2000 he was the Utah Football league MVP & defensive MVP. In 2002 he was AFA 2nd team All-American as a corner back, Honorable mention as a wide receiver and league defensive player of the year. In 2002 he played in a bowl game in Las Vegas. Some scouts saw him and told him he needed to get into some kind of professional league.

Trevor found the Utah Warriors under he’s nose. A friend told him about the try outs. Trevor was one of the first players signed, however because of his injury he must earn his spot on the team once more. The Warriors have him listed as a wide receiver, however with the injury to Junior Baker, he will see action as a free safety. When I asked Trevor about the Warriors he stated, "We have a great team with lots of talent, we should do well." By joining the Utah Warriors Trevor can live his dream of playing professional football. If he has the opportunity to move up to other leagues he would take it, only if it was a benefit to his family. For the time being Trevor is just happy playing with the Warriors. When ask about his thoughts on Billings he stated, " last week they just tried covering Cory, this week they better cover all of us." Trevor will be one of the 21 to dress for the game in Billings. Good luck Warriors!!!

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