Tribute To Cincinnati Bengals’ Hall of Famers

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Aug 8, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Charlie Joiner during the TimkenSteel Grand Parade on Cleveland Ave. in advance of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Oct 29, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Pro Football Hall of Fame and Cincinnati Bengals former offensive tackle Anthony Munoz speaks during the NFL International Series Fan Rally at the Victoria House. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Charlie Joiner during the TimkenSteel Grand Parade on Cleveland Ave. in advance of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Oct 29, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Pro Football Hall of Fame and Cincinnati Bengals former offensive tackle Anthony Munoz speaks during the NFL International Series Fan Rally at the Victoria House. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Since their inauguration into the American Football League on May 24, 1967, the Cincinnati Bengals have produced two Hall of Famers: Charlie Joiner, and Anthony Munoz.

Paul Brown Mention:

Paul Brown is the reason the Bengals have a football team. However, his achievements as the Cleveland Browns head coach is the reason he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967. Brown would begin coaching the Bengals for eight seasons starting in 1968.


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Charlie Joiner – Wide Receiver, class of 1996

Joiner‘s time with the Bengals was brief, spanning from 1972 to 1975. During that time the receiver did not amount to much with the Bengals in his first few seasons. Joiner’s best season came in 1975 when he hauled in 37 receptions for 726 yards and 5 touchdowns. However, it would not until he was traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1976 when Joiner would show his true stardom after being traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1976.

During his eleven year tenure with the Chargers, Joiner would go to rack up 586 catches and over 9,000 yards in the air. He would continue to become a three-time Pro Bowler and an All-NFL pick in 1980. He also had four seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving. Three of those stretched from 1979-1981.

In the Chargers‘ 1980 AFC championship matchup against the Raiders, Joiner would show off his impressive skill set hauling in six receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Chargers would not be able to recover from their first quarter woes losing to the Raiders 27-34. The Chargers would have another chance at redemption in 1981 against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, Joiner would lose to his former team 27-7¬†and be held to only three receptions.

While Joiner may not have won a championship, his other accomplishments still make him one of the greatest wide receivers of his time. He was a three time Pro Bowler, First-team All-pro and Second-team All pro. He has also averaged 16.2 yards per reception and hauled in sixty-five touchdowns. Joiner retired after eighteen seasons, the longest of any receiver at that time.

Anthony Munoz – Tackle, class of 1998

As a first round pick in the 1980 draft, Munoz spent his entire career with the Bengals. Since 1980, Munoz has been selected to the Pro Bowl eleven consecutive times and made the First-team All-pro nine times. Munoz has also earned multiple NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year and NFL Players Association Offensive Lineman of the Year. He would also go on to score four touchdowns when deemed an eligible receiver.

As a tackle with very quick feet that could stop even the fastest defensive ends, his abilities helped elevate the Bengals’ offense and lead them to multiple AFC Central Division titles as well as two AFC Conference championships. His playmaking skills make him known as greatest Mexican-American to ever play in the NFL.

Munoz is also known for his actions off the field. Wanting to make a change in lives of children, he founded the Anthony Munoz Foundation (AMF) in April of 2002. The charity has helped over 30,000 kids and continues to award multiple scholarships since its initiation. Munoz continues to give back to his community and consistently aspires to be the example for others to follow. He constantly reminds kids that regardless of the adversity they face, they can still come out ahead.

The Bengals may not have a large list of Hall of Famers, but there are still plenty of past and present members that have the potential to join the greats. You can already expect A.J. Green’s name come up. But who knows, maybe this roster has a few more within its ranks.

 

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