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Doug Dressler, Ray Griffin and Brian Mine are among the most notable former Bengals to wear the No. 44 in Cincinnati.

With the first day of Bengals training camp here, we're now just 44 days away from the team being back on the field playing regular-season football.

That means it's time for a look back at former players who wore the No. 44 during their NFL careers in Cincinnati.

Rex Keeling 1968
Doug Dressler 1970-74
Ray Griffin 1978-84
Aaron Manning 1987
Derrick Fenner 1992-94
Brian Milne 1996-99
Marquand Manuel 2002-03
Rico Murray 2009-11
Shiloh Keo 2015

The First

The first Bengal to don The No. 44 for multiple seasons in Cincinnati was running back Doug Dressler. Signed as an undrafted free agent out Cal State-Chico, Dressler would play in 55 games (13 starts) across four seasons (did not play in 1973). Over that span, Dressler rushed 272 times for 1,101 yards and  nine scores with the Bengals.

The Greatest

After Dressler, defensive back Ray Griffin would wear 44 with the Bengals for seven years. Drafted out of Ohio State in the second round (35th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft, Griffin would play in 88 games (23 starts) during his time in Cincinnati. He finished his career with 11 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.


As for the current Bengals, Shiloh Keo will don the No. 44 this year if he's able to crack the 53-man roster. A former starting safety with the Texans, Keo was signed this offseason to give Cincinnati depth at safety, while also giving them a boost on special teams. Keo didn't play last year, but did appear in 16 games (with 1 start) in 2013 while notching 63 total tackles.