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The story behind Blake Bell’s ‘White Shades’ nickname

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 17, 2012
OU's Blake Bell (10) celebrates after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. OU won, 63-21. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Blake Bell (10) celebrates after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. OU won, 63-21. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

OU’s Blake Bell (10) celebrates after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. OU won, 63-21. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman recently featured back-up quarterback Blake Bell in its weekly feature “The Man Beneath The Helmet.”

In his profile, Bell said his nickname was “White Shades,” which surprised The Oklahoman sports reporters and many Oklahoma Sooners fans since Bell is best known for his goal-line rushing package nicknamed the “Belldozer.”

So we caught up with Bell to ask him about the story behind his other nickname.

“I just had some white sunglasses, Oakley’s, and all of sudden we got in the locker room and everyone was dancing around and they started calling me White Shades B. Bell.

“It kind of just stuck and basically the whole team calls me White Shades.”


by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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