Holding out on history

Todd Bell missed '85 season, as one of several Bears embroiled in contract disputes

Updated: October 12, 2010, 6:00 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Years later, Daphne Bell asked her husband if it was worth it. If missing the Super Bowl for some long-forgotten principle on the advice of an agent he would later fire still bothered him.

"Obviously, Todd didn't know what was at stake," Bell said. "He didn't know they were going to the Super Bowl that year. But he said to me, 'What if I did come back? Then I would become someone I wasn't. I could not compromise my principles because if I don't stand for something, it will hurt the next ...

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