Le’Veon Bell won’t be in the NFL this season.
Instead, the former star running back said he will be dedicating his time to boxing. He meets fellow running back star Adrian Peterson in a five-round exhibition match at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on July 30.
“Boxing is something that, you know, they always say it’s something you can’t play boxing. Last year, I almost sat out the whole year to try to focus on boxing because I kind of knew that was what I wanted to transition to,” Bell said.
“This year, I know I’m not going to be playing this year because I want to focus on boxing. This transition has been another opportunity for me. I’m ready to showcase what I’m about.
“This is not just a one-off. This is I guess like my introduction to kind of show what I’ll be doing and how I’ll be going about myself. Just an intro.”
Bell has played for the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the last two years. He rushed for just 429 yards.
But before that, the now 30-year-old was known with the Pittsburgh Steelers, totaling over 2,200 combined yards and making the Pro Bowl in his sophomore season.
Bell said he knew Peterson would be a “great” opponent and that he wouldn’t have picked a “better name” to fight.
Peterson, 37, set an NFL record for the most rushing yards in a single game and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
He’s also been experiencing a slump in football, playing for the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans in the last year – only totaling 98 yards.
“He was definitely one of the guys I idolized growing up,” Bell added. “… My timing, speed and quickness is what I am going to showcase on the 30th.”