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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says he's in the best shape of his life

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Le'Veon Bell hasn't been quiet about the work he's put in this off-season in efforts to solidify his place as the NFL's best running back. After his breakout sophomore season, Bell said he's in even better shape heading into 2015.

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It's safe to say that Le'Veon Bell is not resting on his laurels.

A year after earning All-Pro honors and tallying over 2,000 all-purpose yards, Bell has spent this off-season posting more workout videos than Richard Simmons did in his prime. It's clear that Bell is eager to solidify his place among the league's best running backs while wanting to help the Steelers make a deep playoff run for the first time since the 2010 season.

On Monday, Bell again shared the progress he's made this past off-season on social media while also providing a telling quote that should be sweet music for Steelers fans.

"I've never felt this good in my life...easily the best shape I've ever been in!", Bell said on his Facebook page in a post that was also accompanied by another workout video showcasing Bell putting in work under the hot glare of the summer sun.

Bell has certainly utilized his NFL off-seasons thus far. Last year, Bell said he dropped 20 pounds from his rookie season so that he could turn "an 8 yard gain into a 70 yard gain." Bell did that and much more in 2014, averaging 1.2 yards per carry more than his rookie season while also catching 83 passes for 854 yards. Bell's peerless fitness level made him one of the most dangerous offensive players in the NFL last season, and if he really is in the best shape of his life now, the sky really is the limit for the 23-year-old Bell.

A constant trait among the NFL's all-time greatest running backs was the work that each one put in the off-season that helped make them stand out from the pack. Walter Payton's infamous summer conditioning regiment of running up a massive hill in his backyard was something that LaDainian Tomlinson echoed during his All-Pro years with the Chargers. It appears that Le'Veon Bell has that same drive to do the necessary work to be that caliber of back, a back that could help his offense and his team become the best in the league in the next several seasons.