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Bengals News (7/16): Clint Boling reflects on his career

Clint Boling has been around for the entire Andy Dalton era, so he has seen some highs and lows over his career.

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Unguarded Reflections For Boling
One day Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander and head coach Marvin Lewis told him they had drafted him in the fourth round. Then Sirius Radio Silence. Per NFL rules he couldn’t talk to them or anyone else on the team for the next three more months until the eve of training camp at Georgetown College.

Family No. 1 Concern As Boling Retires
After meeting with variety of specialists following the discovery of the clot in January, Boling felt like he made the tough, but only decision he could for his wife and two daughters ages 20 and five months.

Bengals G Clint Boling Retires
Bengals G Clint Boling today announced his retirement from the NFL. Boling spent his entire career with Cincinnati, after joining the team in 2011 as a fourth-round draft selection (101st overall) out of the University of Georgia. He went on to serve as the team’s No. 1 LG from 2012-18, and appeared in 114 career games (including playoffs) with 112 starts.

Bengals G Boling retiring for health reasons
A fourth-round draft pick in 2011, Boling started 109 games for the Bengals, including every game for the past two seasons. While Boling played mostly guard, he was asked to move to tackle at times during the past two years due to injuries or struggles along the rest of the offensive line.

Zac Taylor on Bengals OL: “We’ll be good"
When rookie Jonah Williams was lost for the season to a shoulder injury, the Bengals are moving incumbent Cordy Glenn back outside after planning to make him the left guard.

AFC North watch: Bengals lose another offensive lineman
That sound you hear might be the dripping of Myles Garrett and the rest of the Cleveland Browns defensive linemen’s drool puddling below them as they ponder facing the Cincinnati Bengals this year.

Mike Brown, Bengals issue statements on Clint Boling’s retirement
Boling had spent the offseason dealing with a blood clot and decided at the age of 30 to hang up the cleats heading into a contract year and instead focus on his family.

Blood clot forces Bengals’ Boling to retire
Boling, who started 112 games for the Bengals in an eight season career, tried medication in hopes to combat the blood clot in his right leg and lengthen his playing career, but decided the risk was too great to continue playing football.

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