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Racine Raiders Football Club | Racine, Wis. |

Defensive Back – Jaarael Bell

Jaarael BellMost people may respond to the question, “What do you love about where you live?” by mentioning a few people or places they thoroughly enjoy. Not cornerback Jaarael Bell though. His response was a simple, yet heartfelt, “I love that it is home.”

After nine seasons of semi-pro football, Bell was waking up in the morning without the love and passion for football he has had since he was 16. It was time for a change of scenery and because he has lived in Racine his entire life, the Raiders made the most sense. Although he’s comfortable just about anywhere in the defensive secondary, Bell has mainly played cornerback throughout the past two-and-a-half years, including a couple postseason tournament games prior to joining the Raiders. Regarding the atmosphere of the organization, Bell, despite playing for many reputable semi-pro teams, says that the Raiders “truly stand in a class of their own.”

Good preparation for a game is crucial for athletes at any level. Bell prepares for his games by watching film of the opposing team. In the instance that no film is available, you’ll find him catching some motivation out of Ray Lewis videos on YouTube. Perhaps you could find him listening to some music from his favorite artists, Lil Wayne and Eminem. At most of the Raiders’ home games, you can find Bell’s children, Landon Bell (5) and Audrina Bell (7), in the stands alongside any other family members who have the time to stop by and cheer him on.

Jaarael Bell breaks up a pass.Outside of playing for the Racine Raiders, Bell has been in retail management for five years now. The most rewarding part of his work is being able to learn how to run a business successfully. As a young boy, Bell hoped to become a police officer or a player in the National Football League. His future shines bright as he looks forward to finishing his degree in Criminal Justice and obtaining employment in the law enforcement field.

When he isn’t working or playing football, Bell is coaching youth sports, a hobby he has had for the past couple of years. He’s also been a faithful Dallas Cowboys fan since he was young.

When asked who he looks up to, Bell brought up his older brother, Trey. “He has definitely been one of the strongest people I’ve known and most positive influences I have had in my life.”