Le’Veon Bell said on Tuesday that he will not be playing in the NFL this coming season as he is focused on boxing.
The Running Back made the announcement at a press conference organized by Social Gloves on Saturday, July 30 at Crypto.com Arena to promote their upcoming fight against fellow star Adrian Peterson.
“Boxing is something you know, they always say it’s something you can’t play boxing. Last year, I sat out almost the whole year trying to focus on boxing because I knew this was what I wanted to change. “This year, I know I’m not going to play this year because I want to focus on boxing,” Bell, 30, said.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection made it clear that this is not a “sudden” fight for him.
“I think I have an introduction to the show about what I’m doing and how I want to go about myself. Just an introduction,” he said.
Peterson, who attended the news conference via video feed, said he could see boxing in his future, but his options are open about continuing his NFL career.
“It’s something that I can definitely see myself moving forward, depending on how it works for me,” said Peterson, 37.
The former MVP and seven-time Pro Bowl pick, who ranks fifth on the NFL’s list of all-time races with 14,918 yards, said he has a ring at a gym in Houston.
“We always have a lot of kids, and I’ve had the opportunity to be there twice with those kids and recently, of course, ready for battle. I was just grinding, so I could see he would keep doing something, “he said.” So, even after this fight, I’m still sticking to my routine, waiting for the next chance to present myself. “
Bell’s last Pro Bowl season was in 2017, when he ran for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After putting the entire 2018 season on hold in a contract dispute with the Steelers, he signed as a free-agent with the New York Jets in 2019, only to be released by the team next season. He has had 429 rushing yards for four different teams in the last two seasons.
Bell completed last season, his eighth in the NFL, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Peterson completed his 15th NFL season on the injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Both are independent agents.