Kenny Bell thanks Jason Licht’s father with signed jersey
May 28, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide reciever Kenny Bell (80) works out at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
If it weren’t for Jason Licht’s father Ron, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would most likely not have Kenny Bell on their roster right now. As the story goes, the Buccaneers’ general manager was contacted by his dad, a diehard Nebraska fan, and coerced into picking Bell in the fifth round.
The rave review via text included Mr. Licht talking up the 23-year-old’s hands and character. As the school’s leader in career receptions and receiving yards, the accolades were there. But, prior to declaring for the draft, the two met and that is where Ron came away fully impressed with him, on and off the field.
Over the summer, Bell and Mr. Licht met once again at a charity golf tournament. The Boulder, Colo. native used the opportunity to personally thank him for the endorsement, as well as giving him a signed Cornhuskers No. 80 jersey.
According to Jason’s sister, Patti Abbott, Bell would consistently refer to the Bucs’ GM as “Mr. Licht,” even though she confesses that the real Mr. Licht is her father and not her brother. So, when Bell signed another autographed jersey that Patti could use in a fundraiser for her daughter’s high school volleyball team, the wide receiver made sure he got his facts straight this time around.
The preseason is already a tough time for rookies as they look to make the final 53-man roster. However, Bell has an additional amount of pressure on his shoulders. He cannot let down the general manager’s father who went out of his way to get him on the team.