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37 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

It's Tommy Casanova and everyone else when it comes to the No. 37 in Cincinnati.

We're now 37 days away from Bengals regular-season football.

With that said, here's a look at former NFL players who wore the No. 38 during their careers in Cincinnati.

Bill Scott 1968
Tommy Casanova 1972-77
Robert Jackson 1981-87, ’89
Leonard Wheeler 1992-96
Roosevelt Blackmon 2002-05
Fui Vakapuna 2009-10
Chris Lewis-Harris 2012-15

The First

The first to wear the No. 37 for multiple seasons in Cincinnati was one of the greatest to ever don Bengals stripes. That was defensive back Tommy Casanova, whom Cincinnati drafted out of LSU in the second round (29th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft. Casanova would join Bengals greats Ken Riley and Lemar Parrish to form one of the greatest secondaries ever assembled for much of the 1970s.

Over that time, Casanova played in 75 games (65 starts) at both strong and free safety while also serving as one of the Bengals' primary returners. He finished his career with 17 career interceptions, the seventh-most in franchise history to this day. He also returned 91 career punts for 784 yards, the fourth-most in franchise history, to go with one score.

In the six seasons Casanova played in Cincinnati, the franchise went through one of the greatest periods its ever endured while going 54-30 with three trips to the playoffs and no losing records during that span. As successful as the current Bengals have been (40-23-1 since 2011 and 54-41 since 2009), it still isn't quite as good as when Casanova was roaming the field.


As for the current squad, Chris Lewis-Harris has managed to hold onto the No. 37 since joining the team as an undrafted free agent out of UT-Chattanooga in 2012. Lewis-Harris has appeared in just 12 games during that span while bouncing between the practice squad and 53-man roster, and he's in another dogfight to earn a spot on the roster this year.