Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DANA WAKIJI  |  Last updated 9/8/13
Detroit -- To paraphrase the old advertisement, Joique Bell has come a long way, baby. It wasn't all that long ago that the Lions running back was working part-time as a security guard at Ford Field when he was a freshman at nearby Wayne State University. Now Bell is helping the Lions (1-0) secure wins by scoring touchdowns. In Sunday's 34-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings (0-1), Bell scored two touchdowns, one on a 2-yard leap late in the second quarter and another on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. The first was initially ruled a fumble, but replays showed the ball broke the plane of the goal line before Bell lost the ball. "Yeah, I knew it was a touchdown," Bell said. "I felt it was a touchdown, I was hoping it was a touchdown. But I was pretty confident it was a touchdown. I'm glad we challenged it but I really felt it was a touchdown. Luckily the call went our way." That touchdown enabled the Lions to climb to within one point at halftime, 14-13. The second touchdown left Reggie Bush shaking his head. Bush originally ran the ball from the Vikings' 16-yard line and thought he had scored but a review showed that the ball did not break the plane before his knee was down. After another Bush attempt went for no gain, the larger Bell got the call and took it the final yard for the score. Bush pretended to be mad in the locker room, saying, "You stole a touchdown from me!" The humble Bell offered his thanks to Bush for doing the heavy lifting on the drive. "I'd like to throw a shout-out to the big homie Reggie Bush for donating to the Joique Bell touchdown club," Bell said so Bush could hear. "Got me down to the 1, all I had to do was punch it in. So we shared that touchdown together. We joked about it, we laugh about it. But at the end of the day, he was a big part of today's win. He's a force to be reckoned with out there on the field." Bush finished with 21 carries for 90 yards and eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. Bell had six carries for 25 yards and the two touchdowns and five receptions for 67 yards. Wide receiver Nate Burleson singled Bell out in the preseason and turned out to be correct when Bell ended up as the backup to Bush instead of Mikel Leshoure, who was inactive for Sunday's game. "I'm something like a prophet, I'm just throwing that out there right now," Burleson said. "I make a lot of calls and I like the way that Joique is playing. He's passionate, he runs hard, he's a perfect complement to Reggie in the backfield." And Bell likes to have some fun. After his second score, Bell jumped into the stands, not in a Lambeau-esque Leap, but to celebrate with the crowd, waving his hands from side to side as the crowd followed suit. "Hey, ho! But it was just something I thought of then, being silly," Bell said. "I wanted to get the crowd into it and it looked like they enjoyed it. So it might become a routine. We'll see." Bell was just 7 when Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray" hit No. 1. "The fans were like ready for it," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "Did he tell everybody he was going to do it? It seemed like they were right on the ball with him. I was going to go congratulate him but I wasnt going to climb up there with him." The Lions signed Bell off the New Orleans Saints practice squad on Dec. 27, 2011. Last season Bell had 414 yards rushing and 485 receiving, scoring three touchdowns. The Lions re-signed him this past April 15. "I'm just appreciative to be here, back in my home state, playing for my home team, with my college right down the street two minutes," Bell said. "Just to know the route I took to get here. I'm a blue-collar guy, had to work for everything I got. I'm just blessed to have guys in the front office on the Lions who gave me the opportunity to come here and to showcase my talent. At the end of the day, I'm just blessed to be here." Extra points --- At halftime, the Lions made recently retired kicker Jason Hanson the 14th member of their Pride of the Lions, honoring the greatest players in team history. "Most importantly, I would like to thank the fans," Hanson said. "It was an honor and a privilege to play for you. I didn't just play football in Detroit, I played only for Detroit." Hanson set an NFL record for most games played by one player with one team with 327. --- Jason Fox started at right tackle but left with a groin injury and was replaced by Corey Hilliard. "We lost a starter early in the game ... didn't miss a beat," coach Jim Schwartz said. "Stepped in and played and that's what we expect from our guys -- it's what we expect from a veteran player like Corey Hilliard." --- Rookie Ziggy Ansah did not start -- Willie Young did -- but he did play. Ansah had three tackles and a half-sack. Ansah nearly had another sack but it was negated when he was offside. "When I knocked him it was an offside, which I knew," Ansah said. "That was on me. It felt good. I wish it was a sack on that play." --- The Lions made the officials work Sunday. They had four touchdowns reviewed. All four calls were overturned, but one went in their favor when Bell's touchdown counted when he broke the plane. "I felt that every time we scored it was a review, review, review," Stafford said. Once again, Calvin Johnson was bit by not "completing the process" on a 20-yard pass in the first quarter. "Yeah, they got me again," Johnson said. "I'm going to have about four different pictures in there. I caught the ball and my feet touched and then I dove in. I thought I had it, but it is what it is."
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