Joique Bell returns to Lions same weekend he'll graduate from WSU College of Education with a master's in Sports Administration

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Joique Bell returns to Lions same weekend he'll graduate from Wayne State
By Larry Lage
Joique Bell could be headed for one big weekend. Bell picks up his master's degree in sports administration at Wayne State University on Saturday. The next day, he could make his season debut with the Detroit Lions in his return after they cut him in February. "It's funny that my first week back here is the same week that I graduate," he said Wednesday. Bell, who is from Benton Harbor, won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2009 at Wayne State, but that wasn't enough to get him drafted. After playing sparingly for Indianapolis and Philadelphia, he did well enough as a runner and receiver with the Lions to sign a $9.3 million, three-year contract in 2014. Bell will add another accomplishment to his resume when he walks across a stage in front of a crowd he is proud to say will include his 11-year-old son, Jordan. "I always preach to the kids that I'm trying to mentor, or kids that come to my camp, how important education is," he said. "I don't want to tell them to do something that I haven't done. So for me to come back to my alma mater and to finish my master's degree there and to be able to have my son there, that's probably one of the greatest experiences I'll ever have as a father."

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