Though they haven’t won the Super Bowl yet, the Cincinnati Bengals are one of the most storied and successful franchises in the history of the NFL. They have had several Super Bowl and conference championship appearances, 12 playoffs, and eight division titles. In total., they have had 5-12 playoffs. From the time it was established to date,it has had some of the best players, with some entering the list of the Hall of Fame. Though others have not yet entered the Hall of Fame, their contribution towards the success of the team cannot be overlooked. The players on this list have been chosen and ranked based on the franchise, career accomplishment, and NFL records, duration with the team, popularity with fans, career awards and success of their respective teams.
Here are our top 10 best Cincinnati Bengals of all time:
10. Corey Dillon, RB
He was with the Bengals for seven years, between 1997 and 2003. During his stay at the team, he was a super performer. In the seven seasons, he managed to rush over 8,000 yards and 45 TDs. This yardage is what made him be considered one of the best RB of all times at the Bengals. He also broke the 1,000-yard mark in six seasons consecutively and was one of the best RB in the late 1990s when winning was kind of impossible. He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times during his career between 1999 – 2001.
9. David Fulcher, DB
David due to his height of 6’3 maximized the use of his structure to inflict punishment to opposing ball carriers. The size combined with the high speed made him be a force to reckon at the team. During his career with the Bengals, he made three trips to the Pro Bowl and in 1989,he was an All-Pro. He joined the Bengals in 1986 and left in 1992. For 7 years, he played for this franchise.
8. Cris Collinsworth, WR
His fans at Bengals remember him for the work he did on the field as a wide receiver. For eight years running from 1981 to 1988, he was one of the league’s best receivers who broke 1000 yards, four times and went for Pro Bowl trips three times. By the time he retired, he had 16.1 yards per catch average.
7. Tim Krumrie, DT
He is the consensus best defensive tackle in the history of the Bengals, He joined the franchise in 1983 and left in 1994. For the twelve years, he was with the Bengals, he proved to be the best nose tackle in history for the franchise. He was the immovable object who played in the middle of the Bengals 3-4 defense. He recorded over 1,000 tackles in his 12 years at the Bengals. He was the teams All-Pro in 1988 and a two-time Pro Bowler.
6. Isaac Curtis, WR
He joined the Bengals in 1993 and left in 1994. For the twelve years, he was with the team, Isaac Curtis spent it touching would be defenders and lighting scoreboards. He achieved four Pro Bowls and made the most of the catches he had, thus registering 17.1 yards per catch. He had over 7,000 yards and 53 TDs.
5. Chad Johnson, WR
Chad joined the Bengals in 2001 and left 2010. For the 10 years, he was with the team, he was known to be the best wide receiver in the history of the Bengals. He is a six-time Pro Bowler who recorded 10,783 yards, had 66 touchdowns and helped the team reach playoffs twice.
4. Ken Riley, DB
Between 1969 and 1983, Ken Riley played for the Bengals as the defensive back and was one of the best in the history of the franchise. He had 32 interceptions and was ranked fifth all-time in career interceptions. He played a total of 207 games with the Bengals.
3. Boomer Esiason, QB
He joined the Bengals in 1984 and left in 1992, and came back to the team in 1997. In the ten years, he was with the team,he was the best-left quarterbacks of all times. He led the Bengals to their second Super Bowl, which made the franchise be one of the best at that particular time. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and was one of the NFL most valuable players.
2. Ken Anderson, QB
For 16 years, Ken Anderson played for the Bengals. That was between 1971 to 1986, making him one of the longest-serving players of the franchise. He remains the franchise leader in passing yards with 32, 838. He also had 197 touchdowns, which remains the highest in the franchise’s history. He is one of the most respected players in league history.
1. Anthony Munoz, T
Anthony Munoz was with the Bengals between the years 1980 – 1992. He was the greatest Bengals of all times as he is the reason behind the best quarterbacks in the team. He anchored the Bengals offensive line for 13 years, a period which was the best for the Bengals. He did 185 games, starting 183 of them.
The above great players made the Cincinnati Bengals shine during those years they played for them and it was sheer hard work which made them perform.