Blake M. Bell was born on August 7, 1991, in Wichita, Kansas. He is the son of former NFL player Mark Bell. His uncle, Mike Bell, played for the Chiefs from 1979 to 1991. He started playing football in the 4th grade, and he grew up on the Chiefs sidelines watching his uncle play. Finding his way to playing for the Chiefs was a dream come true for him.
He attended Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita and played quarterback. He was ranked as the sixth best pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com. He was also drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 43rd round of the 2010 MLB draft, but didn’t sign.
He chose to go to the University of Oklahoma and was redshirted for the 2010 season. In 2011, he was the backup quarterback to Landry Jones, and saw some playing time in their jumbo package, rushing 44 times for 171 yards and 13 touchdowns. After a similar sophomore year, he became the starter his junior season.
As a senior in 2014, Trevor Knight won the starting QB job, and Bell was converted to a tight end. He appeared in 9 games and was mostly a blocker, and had 16 receptions for 214 yards and 4 TDs. He was invited to the 2015 East-West Shrine Game and raised his draft stock. His combine numbers weren’t the greatest, but he was fortunate to be in a relatively weak tight end class.
He was drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. He stuck with the 49ers until 2017 when he was waived, being picked up by the Vikings. A year later he was with the Jaguars, and in 2019 he was signed by the Chiefs. In 2020, he was with the Cowboys, and in 2021 is back with the Chiefs.