KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The classroom moved to Arrowhead Stadium for some lucky Kansas City Public Schools students on Friday, and the teacher was a National Football League Hall of Famer.
When some students met the Kansas City Chiefs legend, they actually didn’t know who Bobby Bell was, but were quickly schooled.
“Those rings just caught my eye and I said, 'oh my gosh, if one day I can have that on my hand that would be amazing,'” said Bobby Jackson, a junior at Central High School.
Jackson didn’t know the man wearing the Hall of Fame ring was Bell.
“To be honest, I didn't notice him because I don't know much about the history of football,” he said.
That’s why he, along with his classmates, was at Arrowhead Stadium – to learn from the best. Bell talked about the role African-Americans had in the NFL. It’s a rich history that needs to be told.
“Who started it? Who cracked the barrier for blacks? They didn't know that. They need to go to the Hall of Fame and see that,” said Chiefs ambassador Bell.
Sporting his jersey number, Bell nailed home the importance of education. At 74, he finally got his college degree.
“Not only that, making the dean's list. I went ahead and took 13 credits so I end up making the dean's list this past fall,” he said.
Working hard to realize your dream that’s a lesson Jackson took to heart.
“My dream is to be the best wide receiver in the NFL; best corner, fastest, greatest ever,” said Jackson.