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Bengals Bytes (9/17): Reunion of greatness

The ‘88 Bengals team had their night on Thursday to reunite in front of Cincinnati. Take a closer look at how that reunion went.

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Classy reunion
The uproarious stories (Cris Collinsworth’s recruiting trip to USC hosted by Anthony Munoz) were spiced by emotional moments (defensive linemates Eddie Edwards and Tim Krumrie seeing each other for the first time in decades) and capped by the one person’s serious reflection.

Carson Palmer on Bengals owner Mike Brown: 'Very, very, very stubborn'
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