clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

35 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

Sam Shade, Chris Barber and Nathan Poole are among the most notable former Bengals to wear the No. 35.

We're now just 35 days away from Bengals regular-season football.

That means it's time for a look at former players to wear the No. 35 in Cincinnati:

Mike Haffner 1971
Nathan Poole 1979-80
Jimmy Turner 1983-86
Chris Barber 1987-89
Antoine Bennett 1991-92
Sam Shade 1995-98
James Lynch 2004
Quincy Wilson 2006-07
Mark Weisman 2015

The First

The first player to wear the No. 35 in Cincinnati for multiple season was running back Nathan Poole. Drafted out of Louisville in the 10th round (250th overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft, Poole would play in 32 games (0 starts) with the Bengals while rushing for just three yards and three scores on six attempts.

The Greatest

The greatest Bengal to wear the No. 35 in Cincinnati was defensive back Sam Shade. Drafted out of Alabama in the 4th round (102nd overall) of the 1995 draft. Shade would go to play in 117 career games (77 starts) across eight NFL seasons while registering 422 tackles and 10 interceptions. He did so while playing four years in Cincinnati and four years in Washington.


This year, fullback Mark Weisman will attempt to make the Bengals' roster while wearing the No. 35. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa, Weisman had a nose for the football in college, reaching the end zone 24 times over his four seasons in Iowa City. He's facing an uphill battle, but it's possible he can earn a spot on the practice squad if the Bengals want to have a nice backup option in town if something happens to Ryan Hewitt this year.