Dan Mullen reflects on fifth anniversary of former Mississippi State player’s death
Monday was a somber day for Mississippi State as Bulldogs’ coach Dan Mullen remembered Nick Bell, a former defensive end who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and died Nov. 2 of that year.
Bell played 16 games for Mississippi State, but he will never be forgotten.
“I know that for me as a coach, I hope I never have to deal with anything that hard in my career again,” Mullen said. “I do not think that I have ever had to deal with anything close to that as a football coach. When you lose a family member like that, it’s just a devastating thing.”
The Alabama high school star recorded 22 tackles in his Mississippi State career, but his legacy lives on throughout the building, according to Mullen.
“Any time you play with somebody within your program and you lose a teammate, I think it is really hard on the young guys,” Mullen said, “It’s something that you always remember. It’s always going to stick with you when you lose a family member way too soon in life.”
Mullen said that Bell had left a lasting impression on him and the rest of the players in the program.
“The guys that played with him, it’s something that will last with them forever,” Mullen said.