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Bears' Bell on Tebow: 'He seems to be really genuine'

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  • By Marc Sessler NFL.com
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He's not dining with the Packers or riding pleasure boats with the Vikings, but the Bears' Kahlil Bell was spotted hanging out with the opposition this week.

The former UCLA running back was on campus working out when he bumped into Tim Tebow, the Broncos quarterback who engineered one of the most crushing Bears losses of last season.

Bell introduced himself and offered to run routes for Tebow, who's working on his mechanics with UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.

"(Tebow) seems to be really genuine," Bell told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. "And he seems to be really focused on getting better. Every time he throws in a drill, he's trying to improve his craft, and you respect that as a competitor. It's kind of hard not to have respect for him because the dude beat us last year."

Did he ever.

The Broncos were left for dead against the Bears in Week 14, before Tebow and Co. erased a 10-point deficit in the final 2:08 of regulation en route to a 13-10 overtime victory. Marion Barber's critical fumble and Matt Prater's magical foot helped (the latter hit a 59-yard field goal at the end of regulation and a 51-yarder to win it in OT), but no matter: Denver's heroics sent Tebowmania into the stratosphere and Chicago into a tailspin.

Bell, who's set to become a free agent March 13, obviously is over it.

"It's the offseason and a good time for everyone to improve their games, so that's what he's doing and that's what I'm doing," Bell said. "It's good to work out with other NFL players to try to stay in shape and stay on the grind."

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