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72 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

Howard Fest and Matt O’Dwyer highlight the list of former Bengals to wear No. 72.

The countdown to Cincinnati's regular-season opener is now at 72 days. Here's a look at all of the former Bengals to wear No. 72:

Howard Fest ................... 1968-75

Ron Hunt ........................ 1976-78

Mack Mitchell .................. 1979

Mike St. Clair .................. 1980-82

Skip McClendon ............. 1987 (Games 1-2)

Keith Cupp ...................... 1987 (Games 3-5)

Skip McClendon ............. 1987 (Games 6-15), ’88-91

Elston Ridgle .................. 1992

Scott Brumfield ............... 1993-97

Matt O’Dwyer .................. 1999-2003

Carl Powell (91) .............. 2004-05

Kirk Chambers ................ 2010

Tanner Hawkinson............2013-2015

Not many standout players have worn this number for the Bengals. Heck, you don't see many players around the NFL wear No. 72, for whatever reason. The first Bengal to actually wear that number is still the longest-tenured one, and that's Howard Fest.

Drafted in the sixth round out of Texas in the 1968 AFL/NFL Draft, Fest went on to play in 127 career games with the Buccaneers and Bengals at right tackle and left guard. That included 80 starts, 66 of which came in his six years in Cincinnati. Fest was an original member of the AFL Cincinnati Bengals.

After Fest, it wasn't until 1993 when the Bengals had another player wear the No. 72 for more than three years. That was Scott Brumfield, who played in 56 career games with 29 starts at left and right guard.

Then came Matt O’Dwyer in 1999. He would play in 122 career games with 105 starts at left and right guard in his 10-year NFL career. However, O'Dwyer played just five years in Cincinnati with 55 starts along the Bengals' offensive line.