WICHITA, Kan. Wichita native Blake Bell, a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School and Oklahoma University is continuing his professional football career close to home.
A source Tuesday afternoon confirmed with Eyewitness News that Bell, a former quarterback turned pro tight end, has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Details of the signing haven't been disclosed.
Wednesday, Eyewitness News spoke with Bell's parents and high school football coach about the life and career of the newest member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bell, 27, was among the nation's elite prep quarterbacks at Bishop Carroll, graduating in 2010 and signing with Oklahoma. Bell was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
He played for San Francisco in the 2015 and 2016 seasons before moving on to Minnesota in 2017 and signing with Jacksonville last October.
After Bell signed with the Chiefs, Eyewitness News spoke with his parents and his former high school coach at Bishop Carroll, Alan Schuckman.
Bell's dad, Mark, was working when he got the call he'll never forget.
Emotional to know that your son is going to come home to play in the National Football League to play for the Kansas City Chiefs," he says. "I mean, how can it get better than that?"
Mark, a former NFL player himself, says the Chiefs have always had a special place in his heart and now his son joins another family bond.
Mark's twin brother, Mike, played 13 seasons for the Chiefs. Mark says Blake is the most excited he has been since being drafted in 2015.
Blake's mother, Sherry, says nothing will stop her or her family from seeing Blake play now that his team's home games will be so much closer to home. She says opening day next season will be one to remember.
"It will probably be a few tears shed when I see my boy run out there in that number 81 jersey with the Kansas City Chiefs jersey on because this is gonna be a ride," she says.
Although Blake, now a pro tight end, isn't a signal caller like he was in high school, Schuckman says his overall talent as a football player allowed him to reach this point.
"...He was special every time he stepped on the field," Schuckman says.