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Bengals Bytes (2/7): Loaded Class

Andrew Hawkins shares his perspective on the Bengals losing Hue Jackson, and the NFL releases the newest members of the Hall of Fame.

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Munoz, Esiason reflect on Super Bowl XXIII
On Jan. 23, 1989, the Bengals under Sam Wyche were famously 34 seconds away from the lone championship in franchise history. Instead, Joe Montana hit John Taylor for the game-winning touchdown and the rest is history.

Andrew Hawkins: Bengals good, but losing Hue hurts
Andrew Hawkins spent his first three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing a lucrative four-year contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He knows a thing or two about AFC North football. He also knows a thing or two about his new head coach Hue Jackson, who moves on from Bengals offensive coordinator to take over for Mike Pettine.

Former Steelers WR Hines Ward Says Steelers-Bengals Rivalry Has Become Personal
Thanks to several physical games this past season between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, the rivalry between the two teams may just curren

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It's time to put former Raiders CEO Amy Trask in the Hall of Fame
Lesley Visser, the first and only woman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, says it's time for Amy Trask to join her in Canton. I don't have an official vote, but I've covered the league for 40 years and loved it since I first saw the Boston Patriots play at Fenway Park in 1964. As the first and only woman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, yes, I would like another woman to be honored, but Amy is deserving regardless of gender.

Cam Newton Wins 2015-16 NFL MVP Award: Latest Comments and Reaction
A year ago, many were actively wondering whether Cam Newton was a true franchise quarterback. One brilliant season later, and Newton is now considered the best player in football. The Carolina Panthers quarterback was named Most Valuable Player on Saturday, per the NFL.

How the Denver Broncos Built a Super Bowl Contender
The Denver Broncos are days away from competing in the franchise's eighth Super Bowl on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. With hopes of winning their third in the last 20 years, the Broncos have been a consistently good franchise over that time frame.

Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016 announced
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre headlines the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016. The three-time league MVP was elected for enshrinement Saturday, in his first year of eligibility. Favre will be joined by wide receiver Marvin Harrison, linebacker Kevin Greene, tackle Orlando Pace and former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy.