This Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals will honor some of the greatest players ever to done to orange and black.
14 players across many eras of Bengals football will be honored with an on-field presentation prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff of Sunday’s matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Bengals just announced the Legends celebration today The ceremony will feature the Bengals legends being introduced to the crowd along with a video presentation highlighting their careers. The most notable player being honored is Anthony Munoz, who to this day is the Bengals’ lone representative in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Also being honored is Chad Johnson, one of the great receivers to ever play for the Bengals, not to mention a candidate for Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. He still owns most of the franchise receiving marks.
Here is a list of the former players being honored along with a brief bio:
- HB Brandon Bennett (1998-2003): Holds Bengals record for most kickoff return yards in a game (228).
- HB Cedric Benson (2008-11): Rushing leader for two Bengals playoff teams; three 1000-yard seasons.
- K Jim Breech (1980-92): By wide margin, is Bengals’ all-time scoring leader (1151), and kicked in both Cincinnati Super Bowls.
- CB Louis Breeden (1977-87): Second on Bengals in all-time interceptions (33); started in Super Bowl XVI.
- HB James Brooks (1984-91): His 1773 yards from scrimmage in 1986 is the all-time Bengals record; started in Super Bowl XXIII.
- G Glenn Bujnoch (1976-82): Member of Super Bowl XVI team had 67 career Bengals starts.
- S Barney Bussey (1986-92): Led Super Bowl XXIII team in special teams tackles (13).
- K Shayne Graham (2003-09): Bengals’ all-time leader in FG percentage (86.8) and holds record for most FGs in a game (seven).
- WR Chad Johnson (2001-10) Unforgettable personality both on and off the field, he leads Bengals by far in all-time receptions (751) and receiving yards (10,783).
- HB Rudi Johnson (2001-07): Produced the biggest two season rushing totals in Bengals history (1458 and 1454 yards).
- TE Eric Kattus (1986-91): Member of Super Bowl XXIII team played in 79 career Bengals games.
- G Max Montoya (1979-89): Three-time Pro Bowler and one of just three Bengals to start both of the team’s Super Bowls.
- OT Anthony Munoz (1980-92): Hall of Famer started both Super Bowls and is always in the conversation for top offensive lineman all-time in NFL.
- OT Joe Walter (1985-97): Missed Super Bowl XXIII due to knee injury, but started every regular season game for the AFC champs and had 136 career Bengals starts.
The event is part of the NFL’s Legends Program to honor and assist former players. It was launched in 2013 to help former players connect with their former teams, fans and the entire NFL.
For many of these Bengals, it will be their first time back in Cincinnati in quite some time. Per Bengals.com, this will be Rudi Johnson’s first visit to Paul Brown Stadium since he was cut in 2008.
“It was always more business for me than personal. I’m a businessman,” Rudi Johnson told the team’s website. “The Bengals gave me an opportunity and I took it. I hope the way I played shows my appreciation.
“There are a lot of people carrying that number (No. 32) on and that’s good,” Johnson says. “I know (Jeremy Hill) is a hard runner. I’ve seen him play a couple of times. He’s got a bright future. Keep doing what he’s doing. Ever year is different, so you have to continue working at it to stay at it.”
If you’re attending Sunday’s game against the Eagles, be sure to get to your seats early for the celebration.