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41 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

Solomon Wilcots is easily the most notable former Bengals player to wear the No. 41 in Cincinnati, which is how many days we're facing until the Bengals take the field in Oakland.

We're now just 41 days away from Bengals regular-season football being back.

That means it's time for a look back at former players who wore the No. 41 during their NFL careers in Cincinnati.

White Graves 1968
Terry Swanson 1969
Dave Green 1974-75
Sam Washington 1985
Solomon Wilcots 1987-90
Joe King 1991
Scottie Graham 1997
Lorenzo Neal 2001-02
Patrick Body 2005
Chinedum Ndukwe 2007-10
Floyd Raven 2015

The Best

When it comes to the No. 41 in Cincinnati, the discussion begins and ends with Solomon Wilcots. Drafted  out of Colorado in the eighth round (215th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft, Wilcots went on to become a prominent member of the Bengals' secondary during his four-year career in the Queen City. Wilcots went on to play in 60 games (26 starts) with the Bengals while also being the full-time free safety during the team's Super bowl run in 1988-89.

Later, one of the greatest fullbacks to ever play in the NFL had a brief stint with the Bengals. That was Lorenzo Neal, who played in 32 games (18 starts) in Cincinnati from 2001-02. He helped pave the way for two standout seasons from Corey Dillon, who rushed for over 2,600 yards combined in the two years Neal was lead-blocking for him.


Most recently, Chinedum Ndukwe wore the No. 41 in Cincinnati while being a full-time starter at strong safety. Drafted out of Notre Dame in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2007 draft, Ndukwe went on to play in 53 games (31 starts) with the Bengals while racking up 181 total tackles and six interceptions in Cincinnati.


This season, undrafted safety, Floyd Raven will compete for a spot on the Bengals' 53-man roster. But, with veteran talent deep at the position, it's more likely than not that Raven will not make the final roster. It would be interesting to have a "Raven" on the Bengals though, don't you think?