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48 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

48 is a number of pain in Cincinnati, at least if it makes you think of the name Brad St. Louis.

We're now just 48 days until the Bengals are playing regular-season football. And, training camp is just 4 days away!

That means it's time for a look back at former players who wore the No. 48 during their NFL careers in Cincinnati.

Phil Spiller 1968
Andy Gibler 1983
John Garrett 1989
Craig Thompson 1992-93
Brad St. Louis 2000-09
John Peters 2015

The First

Only five Bengals have worn No. 48 during a regular-season game. The first man to do it was defensive back Phil Spiller. Drafted out of Los Angeles St. by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round (410th overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft, Spiller went on to play in 25 games (0 starts) with three NFL teams. One of them was the Bengals, for whom he appeared in four games with during the 1968 season.

The Longest

The longest-tenured Bengal to wear the No. 48 in Cincinnati was long snapper Brad St. Louis, a name Bengals fans still cringe at the sound of. St. Louis was drafted out Southwest Missouri St. in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. The early part of his career was mostly smooth sailing as he was the full-time long snapper. However, things began falling apart for St. Louis in 2006. In the infamous wild-card game against the Steelers in January of that season, St. Louis had a high snap on a field goal attempt that could have given the Bengals a 20-14 lead. Instead, on the ensuing possession, Jerome Bettis ran for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 21-17 lead they would not relinquish.

On December 24, 2006 against Denver, St. Louis had another a poor snap that caused a missed extra point within the last minute of the fourth quarter, which cost the Bengals the game, and ultimately helped keep them one game out of the playoffs that year.

In the 2009 season, St. Louis delivered several bad snaps that resulted in blocked or missed kicks before he was mercifully cut in October. He even got a 'c'mon man' from Cincy Jungle that year.


As of now, undrafted free agent John Peters is set to wear No. 48 heading into training camp. Signed following this year's draft out of Mount St. Joseph, Peters concluded his final season tied with a team-leading nine receiving touchdowns on only 24 receptions and 424 yards receiving. The Bengals invited Peters to Cincinnati on a tryout basis for their rookie minicamp, and  he impressed enough to be signed to a contract following its conclusion. He'll now look to earn a spot on either the 53-man roster or the practice squad.