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43 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

George Iloka will hopefully be wearing the No. 43 for many years to come.

With training camp now ongoing, we're just 43 days until Bengals regular-season football is back.

That means it's time for a look back at former players who wore the No. 43 during their NFL careers in Cincinnati.

PLAYER YEARS
Curt Frazier 1968
Clem Turner 1969
Ed Williams 1974-75
Mark Johnson 1987
Mike Brim 1993-95
Kirk McMullen 2001
Ethan Kilmer 2006-08
Tom Nelson 2009-10
George Iloka 2012-15

The first Bengal to don the No. 43 for multiple seasons in Cincinnati was fullback Ed Williams. Signed as undrafted free agent out of Langston, Williams would play in 28 games (1 start) in two seasons with the Bengals. He ran the ball 93 times for 374 yards and five scores during that span. 

The man who would have the longest NFL career while wearing number 43 in Cincinnati would be defensive back Mike Brim. Drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft, Brim would play in 94 career games (64 starts) in nine NFL seasons, three of which came with the Bengals. Brim would finish his NFL career with 17 interceptions, six of which occured in 33 games (32 starts) in Cincinnati.

As for the current Bengals, safety George Iloka has been wearing the No. 43 since being drafted out of Boise State in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. Since then, Iloka has played in 39 games (32 starts) in Cincinnati while notching 142 total tackles, four interceptions, and 16 pass deflections. He's now set to play out the final year of his rookie deal in 2015 unless the Bengals can sign him to an extension during training camp.