Ever since Roger Goodell took over the NFL Commissioner position, he's made numerous changes to the league's annual draft event. Aside from the television scheduling and time limits for teams' picks, he has also made the decision to have former players from each team announce picks. Last year, former greats from all NFL teams were invited to New York City to tell the NFL world the second and third round picks that their former employer made. The Bengals' lone Hall of Fame player, Anthony Munoz, was the choice to do so in 2011.
According to the official Bengals Twitter account, wide receiver Isaac Curtis will be this year's honoree:
Curtis was drafted by the Bengals in 1973 out of San Diego State University and played twelve outstanding seasons, which included four Pro Bowl invitations and three consecutive All-Pro selections. He had world class speed and was not only a deep threat, but also dangerous after making a short catch and taking it the distance. He revolutionized the position and both he and quarterback Ken Anderson help concoct the formula that is now known as "The West Coast Offense".
He is the former career leader in many receiving categories including receptions, yards, touchdown receptions and yards per catch. Though the career yardage record has since been broken by Chad Ochocinco and the touchdown receptions was broken by Carl Pickens, his astounding 17.1 career yards per reception average still stands today. He also was a contributor in the Bengals Super Bowl XVI appearance, grabbing three passes for 42 yards.
For those Bengals fans who didn't have the pleasure of watching him play for the team in the 1970s and 1980s, we'll all be able to see him on Friday night when he announces the names of future Bengals players.