The impact of Le’Veon Bell’s contract holdout on the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the 2018 season was one of the biggest storylines in the NFL last year. An aspect of Bell’s holdout that may have gotten overlooked by some, though, was its impact on fantasy football owners.
Thousands of fantasy football owners selected Bell with their top pick on draft night, and while some may have initially felt excited after selecting a player of Bell’s caliber, that feeling quickly turned into disappointment once rumours of the star running back holding out for a big payday turned into reality.
Well, nearly six months after last season’s Super Bowl concluded, Bell made sure to apologize to those fantasy owners.
“…I want to take a moment to apologize to all the fantasy owners who picked me last year,” said Bell through his Twitter account. “I’m sorry I couldn’t pull through for y’all.”
this is loooong overdue!! but I want to take a moment to apologize to all the fantasy owners who picked me last year, I’m sorry I couldn’t pull through for y’all…but trust me, this year’s about to be wayyyy different, I’m bringing the this year pic.twitter.com/IvANCzwJ6F
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 29, 2019
Now a member of the New York Jets, Bell also promised better things to come for those that do pick him in 2019, saying “…trust me, this year’s about to be way different.”
In the 2017 season prior to his holdout, Bell led all NFL running backs with 321 rushes and 406 touches, while rushing for 1,291 yards and earning 1,946 yards from scrimmage.
Now that he’s actually taking snaps again, Bell’s in prime position to have a massive comeback season.