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Meet The Newest Bengals Offensive Lineman: Chris Rodgers

On Sunday, just before their mega-successful practice in Dayton's Welcome Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals signed college free agent Chris Rodgers. Before taking part in two New Orleans minicamps earlier this year, Rodgers was one of the players that participated during the rookie minicamp after the NFL Draft. The Ohio University offensive lineman, with the versatility to play tackle and guard, made the transition from tight end to offensive lineman during his sophomore year and didn't commit a penalty during his 110 snaps. The following year, seeing an increase in snaps to 310, he repeated that feat.

A representative emailed some of his more impressive off the field pedigrees.

As part of his degree requirements (Health Services Administration degree), Chris interned at a medical facility in Phoenix between January and June, 2010. The staff was so impressed with Chris’ maturity and work ethic that they hired Chris on a full-time basis and are permitting him to continue his rigorous workout schedule each morning before reporting to work late morning through the end of the work day.

Off the field, Chris is a young man of considerable faith and uncompromising character. He was named the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Pursuing Victory with Honor Student of the Year, the highest student athlete award in the State as a high school senior, and received his Health Services Administration degree from Ohio University in June of 2010.