#DUQFB Dorian Bell Invited to Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Minicamp
May 16, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway/Ohio State) is among 20 undrafted rookies invited to participate in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2014 three-day rookie minicamp that began today.
Bell, a two-time All-Northeast Conference player, is the first Duke invited to Steelers camp since receiver Connor Dixon in 2012.
Bell, who transferred to DU after spending two years at Ohio State (redshirt in 2009 & active in 2010) was part of two Northeast Conference co-Champions (2011 & 2013) in his three seasons at Duquesne. He became just the fourth Duke to be named FCS All-America by the Sports Network when he was honored following his junior season (third team).
The Pittsburgh native was a two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Week on his way to being named first team all-conference in 2012. He followed that by being named second team All-NEC in 2013.
Forty-four Dukes have played in the NFL, with a total of 35 suiting up for the Steelers between 1937 and 1951. The last Duquesne player to suit up for the Steelers was Chuck Mehelich in 1951.
Leigh Bodden, who enjoyed a nine-year NFL career with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots, was the last Duke to see action in an NFL game (six games for the Patriots in 2011).
The last Duquesne player to take the field for an NFL game prior to Bodden, was Al Demao, who played for the Washington Redskins from 1945-53. Demao was named one of the 70 greatest Redskins of all-time in the fall of 2002.