Earlier this week I asked you if you felt if former Bengals running back Corey Dillon deserves to be in the Bengals hall of fame -- there were mixed views in the comments. Well that article was just in time for this one: the retired Corey Dillon doesn't believe he has a chance to win over Bengals fans to be enshrined in the hall of fame with the likes of Anthony Muñoz and Paul Brown.
"To be honest," says Dillon, who could be scathingly so, "I don't know if I've got a chance with the fans. I think if they just look at my body of work and forget the tirades, yeah, it's a no-brainer. It came from frustration. I couldn't stand the losing. That's all it was. I was just as frustrated as the fans. I never had a problem with them or the city or anything like that."
Dillon knows that he's going up against some tough competition in Tim Krumrie and Ken Riley, who Dillon calls "no brainers."
"That's Dick LeBeau stuff," Dillon said of Riley, "and Krumrie has to be in there. I remember watching (Super Bowl XXIII) when he broke his leg and still tried to play. Great competitor and I was lucky enough to be around that attitude when I played."
Dillons greatest claim to fame while in Cincinnati was setting the single game rushing record against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 22, 2000. Dillon ran for 278 yards that day.
"That's a lot of yards," he says.
"It's in my throne room and I see it every day," he says. "The mind-boggling thing is, dude, they knew we were running it every play. That's the mind-boggling thing. And it came against top-grade competition. It wasn't like it was against Cleveland or somebody. Denver had the (NFL's second-ranked run defense), so it wasn't like it was a guy going against some Pop Warner team."
Dillon acknowledges that even though he knows fans in Cincinnati may not necessarily care for him very much, he would be honored to be in the hall of fame, that is if you vote him in.
"Of course, it would mean a lot to me," he says. "It would be a great thrill. But I look at my body of work and I know I did the best I could."
And a Cincy Jungle article wouldn't be complete, nowadays especially, without some reference to Carson Palmer's trade request, now would it. Don't worry, football fans, I'm not going to leave you wanting. Dillon wishes he could tell Palmer that he won't be traded.
"If I could talk to Carson, I'd tell him the Bengals aren't going to trade him," Dillon says. "No way. He's going to have to put the pads back on. I think I'm the only one. After me, that's going to be it."
You know I'm always looking out for you.