Nick Bell, a 20-year-old defensive end for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, has been battling with cancer. Unfortunately, the news has been released that Bell passed away earlier today.
Hearing this news is devastating for the Bulldogs and their fan base. Bell was a part of this years team and played in four games throughout the 2015 season. His last game game against the Georgia Bulldogs on September 25th, which shows just how fast things can change.
Bell was originally diagnosed late in September after suffering from severe headaches during practice. He had surgery to remove a mass from his brain on October 1st and had another surgery on Monday of this week after it was found that the cancer had spread aggressively throughout his body. I
t is hard to see such a young man pass from such a nasty disease.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen talked about Bell’s death and was obviously torn up about the news.
“Nick was a son and he was a brother to everyone in this football family,” a somber Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Tuesday night. “I know he’s looking down on us right now and I’m sure he’s already been picked for a team up in heaven to play football again — the game that he loved.”
He continued to talk about the state of his football team after the loss of their teammate.
“Our football team I know is hurting right now, learning how to cope,” Mullen said. “We’ve got a lot of young men 18 to 22 years old who are learning how to deal with grief like this for the first time.”
It is incredibly difficult to wrap a brain around this type of news, especially with Bell being so young and in such good shape. He obviously touched a lot of lives and will be missed greatly.
Our prayers are with Bell’s family and friends, as well as the Mississippi State football program during this time.
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