The Cincinnati Bengals inducted their inaugural Ring of Honor class during the Thursday night showdown against the Jaguars.
The ceremony took place at halftime, despite the Bengals trailing 14-0 at that point. Between the induction ceremony and the come-from-behind win, it was a memorable night for all.
What a night!!!— Ken Anderson (@KenAndersonNFL) October 1, 2021
Getting inducted into ROH
Then watching Joey Franchise lead us to a comeback win
Along with Cristy my kids Matt, Megan and Molly got to be on the field with me
How special is that!!!
The first two chosen for the Ring of Honor were Paul Brown and Anthony Muñoz.
Brown was the founder of the franchise and the teams’ first head coach. He coached the Bengals from 1968-1975, going 55-56-1 in 112 games. Not only is he the Bengals’ founder, but he is considered one of football’s most innovative coaches of all time.
Muñoz is the only player to spend the majority of his career with the Bengals and also be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He played all 13 years of his career in Cincinnati, playing left tackle, going to the Pro Bowl 11 times, and being a First-Team All-Pro nine times. Muñoz is considered one of the best left tackles to ever play the game.
The next two ROH entrants were voted by the fans.
Ken Riley was inducted posthumously, and his son Ken Riley II accepted the honor in his place. Riley Sr. played cornerback for the Bengals from 1969-1983, though he never made a Pro Bowl.
He played 207 games for the Bengals and was a First-Team All-Pro in his final season in 1983. His 65 career interceptions are tied for 5th-most all-time, though he has mysteriously never been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The last player inducted was Ken Anderson. The Bengals’ quarterback from 1971-1986, he won NFL MVP in 1981 along with First-Team All-Pro honors.
He was a four-time Pro Bowler, two-time passing leader, four-time passer rating leader, three-time completion percentage leader, and took the Bengals to Super Bowl XVI. Anderson is still the Bengals’ all-time passing leader.
Check out the video below of the ceremony courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals:
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