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42 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

Chris Crocker, Bobbie Clark and BenJarvus Green-Ellis are among the notable former Bengals to wear the No. 42.

We're now just 42 days away from Bengals regular-season football.

That means it's time for a look back at former players who wore the No. 42 during their NFL careers in Cincinnati.

Warren McVea 1968
Boobie Clark 1973-78
Mike Fuller 1981-82
Clay Pickering 1984-85
Eric Ball 1989-94
Lawrence Wright 1997, 99
Chris Carter 2000-01
Anthony Mitchell 2004-06
Chris Crocker 2008-13
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 2012-13
Erick Dargan 2015

The first Bengal to wear the No. 42 for multiple seasons in Cincinnati was fullback Boobie Clark. Drafted out of Bethune-Cookman  in the 12th round (302nd overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft, Clark would play in 73 games (46 starts) with the Bengals. He ran the ball 779 times for 2,978 yards and 25 scores during that span.

More recently, safety Chris Crocker wore the No. 42 (along with 33 and 32) during his six-year career with the Bengals. Signed midway through the 2008 season, Crocker would go on to play in 71 games (56 starts) in Cincinnati while registering 26 total tackles, eight interceptions and 33 pass deflections. Crocker hasn't played in the NFL since 2013 and appears to be at the end of his 11-year career.

This year, safety Erick Dargan will wear the No. 42 while fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster, or possibly the practice squad. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon, Dargan is facing an uphill climb with safety being both one of the deepest and most talented positions on the roster.