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What It Takes to Pursue an NFL Dream

May 28, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Lance Oppenheim

During his first game in the NFL in 2009, Kahlil Bell completed a record-breaking 72-yard run and the future seemed bright for the UCLA graduate. His football career has since been a roller coaster, jumping from team to team as a free agent before finally being let go from the Green Bay Packers in 2013.

"Going from setting an NFL record and thinking that the sky's the limit, and then slowly watching the walls close in on you...was the first time in my life when I feel like I let myself down," Bell says in this sobering portrait documentary by the filmmaker Lance Oppenheim. Still, he is determined to find his way back to the NFL—football is the only kind of life he knows. "I wouldn't even know how to go out and apply for a job today," he says. "My resume was easy, you come to the game on Saturday, Friday, or Sunday, and you watch me play. And that's my resume, it's been my resume my whole life."

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