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Cincinnati Bengals Mount Rushmore

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The Cincinnati Bengals are one of several teams to never win the Super Bowl. As a franchise, the Bengals have been in the big game twice, but they just haven’t been able to get over the top.

To make matters worse, Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game since 1990.

Yes, 26 years ago.

With that in mind, talent has very rarely been an issue for the Bengals.

Without further ado, let’s breakdown the four greatest players to ever don the orange and black.

Anthony Munoz – Considering Anthony Munoz is the only Bengal in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this was a rather easy choice.

After being selected with the third overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, expectations were high for Munoz and he surpassed them.

Munoz spent his entire 13-year career in Cincinnati.

During that timeframe, Munoz started in 183 of his 185 games, while reaching the Pro Bowl 11 times.

The California native anchored the offensive line and for his efforts, the Bengals reached the Super Bowl in 1988.

No matter who you talk to, the consensus is that Munoz is one of the greatest offensive linemen to ever play the game.

Ken Anderson – Not only is Ken Anderson the longest tenure Bengal ever with 16 years under his belt, he’s also the franchises all-time leader in passing (32,838 yards) and touchdown passes (197).

Unlike Munoz, Anderson entered the league with moderate expectations at best.

Anderson was selected with the 67th overall pick in the third round.

Saying Anderson proved the naysayers wrong would be a major understatement.

To go along with his amazing statistics, Anderson made the Pro Bowl times and was even named MVP of the 1981 campaign.

Boomer Esiason – From one great signal caller to another.

Sure, Anderson’s stats were better, but Boomer Esiason was the quarterback during the franchises best era to date.

As mentioned before, Cincy made the Super Bowl in 1988 behind the arm of Esiason.

Esiason earned MVP honors that season.

To go along with winning a MVP, Esiason was a four-time Pro Bowler and a one-time first-team All-Pro.

The former Maryland Terrapin is right behind Anderson in franchise passing yards (27,149) and passing touchdowns (187).

Chad Johnson – Is his name Chad Ochocinco?

Eh, I can’t keep up, but one thing is for sure, Chad is widely regarded as the best receiver in Bengals history and for good reason.

During the 2001 draft, Johnson was taken with the 36th overall pick out of Oregon State. There was no denying his talent at the time, but no one expected him to end up being quite as good as he was.

Johnson is the Bengals all-time leader in receiving yards (10,783) and receiving touchdowns (66).

His six Pro Bowl appearances ties him for second in franchise history.

No matter how Bengals fans feel about Johnson the person, it doesn’t take away from what he did for the organization on the field.

With that being said, if A.J. Green continues at this rate for a few more years, he’ll end up replacing Johnson on this list.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.