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The greatest player to ever wear Bengals stripes wore No. 78.

The No. 78 doesn't have a deep tradition in the history of the Bengals franchise.

In fact, only one player has ever worn the number for more than two seasons. It just so happens though the one player who did wear No. 78 for the Bengals for longer than two years is the greatest player to ever don Bengals stripes.

Offensive tackle Anthony Munoz came to Cincinnati out of USC in 1980 and went on to have a hall-of-fame career with the Bengals. Here's a look at the full history of the No. 78 in Cincinnati:

Dan Archer ...................... 1968

Willie Lee Jones (74) ...... 1970-71

Lee Thomas .................... 1973

Bob Brown ...................... 1975-76

Walter Johnson ............... 1977

Ted Vincent ..................... 1978

Anthony Munoz ............... 1980-92

Besides Munoz' 12 years wearing No. 78, there isn't a strong history with this number. No one has worn the number since Munoz in a regular-season game, though it has never 'officially' been retired.

Defensive tackle Willie Lee Jones was the first Bengal to wear the jersey number for more than two seasons. Jones played in 16 games spanning three seasons with the Bengals, though he began with the No. 74.

Bob Brown played both defensive end and tackle during his 11-year NFL career, but only two of them came in Cincinnati, where he played 28 total games. The rest were with the Packers and Chargers. Brown was also part of Green Bay's title teams in Super Bowls I and II.