Part II of the Cincinnati Bengals Ring of Honor induction is now under way.
When the Bengals announced the new Ring of Honor, they added two inaugural inductees: Paul Brown and Anthony Muñoz.
Brown, the founder of the franchise and the first head coach was obvious, as was Muñoz, one of the best tackles to ever play the game.
The Bengals will add two more to the inaugural class. Season ticket holder will have the chance to vote on two from a list of nominees that they just released on Monday Morning.
The list of Bengals players on the ballot for the team's inaugural Ring of Honor class pic.twitter.com/ocd9LaWNFr— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) May 6, 2021
Reactions from the media
And hopefully this is the first step to helping former Bengals get a well-deserved spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. see: Ken Riley, Kenny Anderson, Willie Anderson to name a few. https://t.co/l9bw2Gs44h— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) May 6, 2021
Can we get the Floyd-Wells Bengal stove in the #Bengals Ring of Honor? I mean, if it wasn't for Hal Pennington being inspired from the logo on his mother's Bengal stove in 1937, We wouldn't have the name Bengals. ;) pic.twitter.com/USrPwOChyF— Cam Miller (@cammillerfilms) May 6, 2021
The @Bengals' Ring of Honor celebrates players, coaches and others who played an important role in team history. First up: Paul Brown + Anthony Muñoz. 2 more will be added in May by votes from season ticket holders and suite owners.— 91.7 WVXU (@917wvxu) May 6, 2021
Who would you choose?https://t.co/SXD0bYnnpJ
This might be an unpopular opinion and I can imagine he’s cool with waiting, but for all that he’s done for the team, Dave Lapham should be in the inaugural class. https://t.co/HXhyYGA2fK— Jed DeMuesy (@JedDeMuesy) May 6, 2021
Yes as season ticket members. My son will be in charge of the family ballot so that my Dave Lapham bias/friendship will not enter the equation https://t.co/LHVOUSrap8— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) May 6, 2021
The two favorites
Of course, two names kept popping up—well, one name actually: Ken.
Ken Anderson and Ken Riley have been the frontrunners since the Ring of Honor was announced. Anderson, the former NFL MVP, led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance. Riley, though he retired in 1983, is still fifth all-time in interceptions.
Riley’s snub for not only the Hall of Fame, but an In Memoriam mention at the 2020 NFL honors is likely the catalyst for the Ring of Honor, so it’s only fitting that he be in the inaugural class.
Ken Riley and Ken Andrrson— Bengal Jim’s BTR (@bengaljims_BTR) May 6, 2021
Love this list, it’s an absolute must these two be next in. pic.twitter.com/dnldfQ9V3P
Voting later this month. If you know any season ticket members not on Twitter, please remind them about Ken Riley and Ken Anderson!— Captain Obvious (@BengalsCaptain) May 6, 2021
I know all of us would love to see two deserving men get this inaugural honor, but we also want to send a message to the PFHOF voters! https://t.co/KMkFZi7uVv
It just feels right that both Ken Riley and Ken Anderson should be a part of the inaugural #Bengals Ring of Honor class. Lot of great players and better people as nominees though. #NewStripes https://t.co/A3mLo62Q1g— Sam Connaughton (@dagreatsambino) May 6, 2021
Big list of nominees here - really hope the #Bengals season ticket holders do the right thing and get Kenny Anderson and Ken Riley on the board first.— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) May 6, 2021
Get the argument for Ocho, but think Chad and Big Willie would make a perfect duo for Year Two. https://t.co/q8sdTDlGpB
There was only one negative reaction to the recent Ring of Honor news. Honestly, it might be a fair criticism.
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