Former linebacker Bell was 46

Updated: March 16, 2005, 4:22 PM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl safety Todd Bell died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday morning while driving his car in Columbus. He was 46.

Bell played seven years for the Bears and earned Pro Bowl honors in 1984. He spent the 1985 season on injured reserve when the Bears finished 15-1 and won the Super Bowl.

A favorite of former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, Bell signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988 when Ryan coached the team.

Bell starred at Ohio State, earning All-Big Ten selections as a junior and senior. The Buckeyes went to the Rose Bowl with an 11-0 record in Bell's junior year, but lost to Southern California, 17-16, costing them the national championship. In that game, Bell ran down Heisman Trophy winner Charles White from behind and stripped him of the ball to prevent a touchdown.