Kenny Bell leaves Alabama football team to focus on family

Photo: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Senior wide receiver Kenny Bell took to Twitter on what seems like a random Tuesday afternoon to announce that he is retiring from the game of football. Before we get to the tweet in question, however, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Bell left several cryptic tweets. Here’s one example before we get into the meat of the situation.

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He was obviously talking to his mother about football. However, we would not know until a little while later what his intentions were in terms of playing the game in the future.

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In three seasons with the Tide, Bell hauled in 36 passes for 712 yards and five touchdowns. That may not seem like very much, but remember, Alabama is very much a run-first team. Further, he caught 17 passes for 431 yards and three scores last year alone. He was coming on strong. However, he did not play in the SEC title game or BCS national championship after he broke his leg against Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

He was suited up and did play against Virginia Tech to open the 2013 season, but did not catch a pass.

A native of Rayville, Louisiana, Bell was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. rated him as the No. 36 wide receiver in the entire country. He chose the Tide over LSU, Florida, Michigan, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Nebraska and a slew of others.

Now he is choosing his family over the Tide.

*UPDATE* 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday Sept. 3

According to a report from, Nick Saban stated on Tuesday afternoon that Bell took a “personal day” on Tuesday and is expected back with the team on Wednesday.