Tennis champ lands on TJC football team

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -  Chris Bell was a four time state tennis champion at Plano West.  He'd never played competitive football in his life.  So it makes perfect sense that he's a quarterback at T.J.C.

"I can throw the ball about 70 yards," said Bell.

One of the top ranked tennis players in the state, Bell signed with Texas Tech.  But after years of playing tennis, he decided to pursue a different dream.  Leaving a scholarship at Tech, Bell waked on at T.J.C.

"You know I just got tired of it. I was playing pick up games with buddies," said Bell.  "They were like why don't you just play football? I didn't do it. Finally I decided I didn't want to look back in 20 years and be like what if I would have played football."

Bell has taken some serious hits in his introduction to the quarterback position.  He finds the hits enjoyable.

"I'm not regretting it at all," said Bell.  "I'm happy with what I did in tennis, but right now I'm just focusing on football."

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