Bob Trumpy was selected in the 12th round of the 1968 Common Draft, by the AFL's Cincinnati Bengals during their inaugural draft. From 1968-1977, Trumpy played a career that defined the Bengals during that time, playing in four Pro Bowls and named as a First-Team All-Pro Tight End in 1969, where he posted 37 receptions for 835 yards receiving and nine touchdowns for an amazing average of 22.6 yards/reception. During that season in games against the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers, Trumpy combined for 12 receptions for 377 yards receiving and five touchdowns with an average of 31.4 yard/reception. During his ten seasons in Cincinnati, Trumpy posted 298 receptions for 4,600 yards receiving and 35 touchdowns.
Much like Cris Collinsworth, Trumpy is noted more today for his broadcasting career. After retiring from the NFL, Trumpy became an NFL broadcaster and studio analyst. Trumpy also hosted Sports Talk on 700 WLW from 1980-1989, who was ironically replaced by Cris Collinsworth. Now Trumpy is an analyst for CBS radio during Sunday Night Football and still chats with Lance McAlister during the football season. And by chat, we really mean he shows disbelief on some of the things that Mike Brown often does.
Then you have T.J. Houshmandzadeh, whose widely considered one of the better wide receivers in franchise history. Not so much for his big-play ability, but football IQ, always finding ways to get open, either by sitting in holes in the zone or blocking out defenders to give Carson Palmer a small gap to make a completion.
Houshmandzadeh, third in franchise history with 507 receptions, posted at least one touchdown during eight straight games during the 2007 season. He holds the franchise's single-season record for most receptions (112), and even though Carl Pickens holds the record for most receptions in a game (13), Houshmandzadeh caught 12 passes in four games -- only Pickens caught 12 passes or more twice. Houshmandzadeh is fifth all-time with 37 touchdowns and tied for second-most touchdown receptions in a season (12). Earlier in his career, Houshmandzadeh was an established punt returner, setting a franchise record 126 yards on punt returns during a game in 2001.
Who is the best Bengals player in franchise history?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (248 votes)
Bob Trumpy (239 votes)
487 total votes