Former Husker and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Kenny Bell joined "The Bottom Line" Friday.
Topics discussed include his recovery from injury, working with Nebraska wideouts coach Keith Williams, his favorite memory in Lincoln, Jordan Westerkamp threatening to break his records and more.
Read select excerpts below and watch the full interview right here:
On the difference in fan support between college and the NFL:
In a way, it’s a lot different. I loved being in Nebraska because I loved our fans, not necessarily the attention. They’re just genuinely good people. It’s hard to have a bad interaction with fans in Nebraska. I honestly do believe that. It’s a big difference. I’m just patiently waiting, so hopefully a few more people (in Tampa Bay) know my name.
On the preseason injury that ended his rookie year:
I had a great camp. I was playing pretty good football, then I got hurt. That week and a half when I was hurt and couldn’t play in the last two (preseason) games, there was a lot of uncertainty. I was definitely nervous I was going to get fired. For me to have the opportunity I did last year, I’m very grateful for it. It prepared me as best as it could for this year without me getting reps on the football field.
On having to worry about his job security:
That never leaves. That’s just the National Football League. It’s not really a “woe is me” thing. If you’re not an invested veteran, you’re going to be grinding for a few years. I’m definitely never satisfied, especially having never played a down in the NFL ... I’m really anxious to get this season going, get into camp and prove I can make plays and I belong as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
On returning to Lincoln to work with Keith Williams:
He’s Dr. Route. That’s the No. 1 thing that’s going to help me offer the most to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is being the best route runner I can be. That’s what I’m going to go to work on. I’m going to see the best man for it, and that’s Coach Dub. ... What I enjoy most about him as a coach is he’s going to let you know when you’re wrong, but he’s going to encourage you to the point that you want to play for him real bad.
On Jordan Westerkamp threatening to break his records:
He’s going to shatter it. Westy will go for 80 catches and probably have 1,300 (yards). ... That’s light work for Tommy (Armstrong) and (Westerkamp). They’re going to be bombing it this year. And I want that. I want to see Westy have a great year, and see what he can do with an NFL team. I wish nothing but the best for him.
On his favorite moment from his Husker career:
When Jack Hoffman took the touchdown in the spring game. That wasn’t my favorite moment in football. That was my favorite thing I’ve ever been able to be a part of. That was truly amazing.