Steelers Place Franchise Tag on Le’Veon Bell

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Le’Veon Bell

A regular contributor to Fox News and MSNBC for his insight on political races and issues in the Latino community, Chuck Rocha is the president and founder of Solidarity Strategies, which consulted for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. Outside of the political realm, Chuck Rocha is an avid fan of the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers secured an integral part of its offense in the 2017 NFL offseason by placing the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell. This gives the team exclusive negotiating rights with the 25-year-old. If he does not sign a long-term deal with the Steelers before July 15, Bell will earn north of $12 million in 2017 and become a free agent following the season.

A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Bell has been one of the Steelers’ most dynamic players for the past four seasons. In 47 career games, he has accumulated 4,045 yards rushing, 2,005 yards receiving, and a combined 31 touchdowns. Last season, he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage per game with 157 and touches per game with 28. He also recorded a career-high in rushing yards per game with 105.7.


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – Ready 2 Lead

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Ready 2 Lead

A leader in political consulting, Chuck Rocha operates Solidarity Strategies, the biggest U.S. political consulting firm owned and operated by Latinos. Outside of this role, Chuck Rocha is a fellowship advocate with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc., which offers youth a college preparation and leadership program called Ready 2 Lead.

Ready to Lead gathers Latino high school students for interactive college preparation seminars in multiple cities, from New York and Chicago to Phoenix and Los Angeles. Through his weekend event, students learn about the process of applying to college and paying for their educations. They leave the event better equipped to create a competitive college application.

Ready 2 Lead allows students to attend workshops and team-building exercises and learn from successful Latino leaders and educators, who serve as mentors during the Mentoring Power Hour. This session divides students into small groups where they can glean insight from Latino mentors as they prepare for college.

To learn more about the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and its programs, visit