Eddie Bell was touted as one of the best offensive and defensive ends to play football for the Quakers, but coach George Munger kept him almost solely on defense, where his efforts paid off in 1951 and 1952 when he was named both All-American and All-East. In addition, Bell represented the Red and Blue in the 1953 College All-Star game.
In his short stint as an offensive end, Bell gained 90 receiving yards and scored one touchdown.
Another immense achievement for Bell, however, had nothing to do with his athletic prowess. Along with teammate Bob Evans, Bell was one of the first two African Americans to play football for the University of Pennsylvania.
Bell was skilled enough to take his athleticism to the professional level, wehre he was a three-year cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles and a linebacker for the Hamilton (N.Y.) Tiger Cats and New York Jets.
In the spring, Bell was a sprinter on the track team, where he helped his team win the Sprint Medley Championship of America in the 1951 Penn Relays.