The Cincinnati Bengals unveiled the first 10 players on their Bengals First 50 countdown series. This series honors the best retired Bengals in the team’s history, as voted on by the fans and media.
To kick things off, the Bengals announced the players ranked between 50 and 41 on the list. That includes returner specialist Stanford Jennings, wide receiver Tim McGee, defensive end Robert Geathers, linebacker Brian Simmons, quarterback Greg Cook, cornerback Eric Thomas, kicker Doug Pelfrey, defensive end Ross Browner, punter Lee Johnson, and defensive end Justin Smith. Eight different position groups and three special teamers are featured among this grouping of 10 of the Bengals’ 50 best-ever players.
Right off the bat, you’ll see a theme of players who played in one of the Bengals’ two Super Bowls. That includes McGee, Jennings, Thomas, Browner and Johnson. Like any ranking involving NFL teams or players, making it to a Super Bowl boosts one’s resume, though all of those guys more than earned their spot on this list.
We’re also already seeing specialists make the list in Pelfrey and Lee, two of the all-time greats at their respective positions in franchise history. Jennings was also one of the most dynamic returners the Bengals have ever rostered. But as good as these guys were, special teams-specific players don’t tend to be high on these lists, even if they played their positions better than many of the guys ahead of them.
Click here to watch all of these Bengals in action with analysis by Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham. Here is the full list of the first 10 players honored and a brief bio on all of…
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