In a recent “Where are they now” article in ESPN’s Big 10 Blog they spoke with famed NCAA Center Dave Rimington.
For those who don’t know much about Rimington, he was and will forever be the gold standard of NCAA centers. In his resume he has two First Team All American selections. He was the only player to win the Outland Trophy twice. And the only offensive lineman to be named the Big 8 player of the year.
An even lesser known fact was where Rimington went for his NFL career. Rimington was a first round draft pick for our beloved Cincinnati Bengals, and spent the first 5 years of his career there(Out of his 7 total). Rimington’s career with the Bengals was one that never seemed to pan out.
ESPN caught up with Rimington at one of the events for the Boomer Esiason Foundation. When commenting about his time with the Bengals he had this to say.
I went from one of the best organizations in college football to probably one of the worst organizations in the NFL. I went from a weight room that was half the size of a football field to a weight room that looked like a junior high weight room, and the strength coach didn’t want anybody to lift. … It was ridiculous the stuff we had to go through there. I just had to shake my head. It’s like the black hole of professional football.
Good players go there and you never hear from them again.
It has to make one think. Were the “Glory days” of the Bengals really that great? Or were they great in comparison to the Mike Brown era?