2. Reggie Nelson
First and foremost, congratulations to Reggie Nelson for making his first NFL Pro Bowl. It is unfortunate that you will be there, but you earned it. I know some people will call me nuts, and my wife won’t argue with you, because he is getting older and means he is going to lose a step sooner or later. I fully believe that leading the NFL in interceptions, making the team better defensively in the secondary, and being a leader have fully earned him more time in Cincinnati.
Reggie Nelson’s recorded eight interceptions, 77 tackles, 14 pass deflections and two fumble recoveries to lead the Bengals in turnovers. In his career as a Bengal, he has 23 interceptions, 460 total tackles, 7 forced fumbles, four recoveries and 61 pass deflections. Those numbers speak volumes for a guy who has spent all but three years of his career in Cincinnati.
His leadership to help young players like George Iloka and Shawn Williams grow has been just as valuable as any statistic though. George Iloka burst onto the scene two years ago and quickly became the second part of a dangerous secondary. Nelson taking Iloka under his wing to protect this secondary has shown his true value to this team.
His six years of dedication and incredible play for the Bengals should be rewarded and hopefully he will retire a Bengal. He still holds a lot of value to this defense and another couple years with a solid contract both team and player friendly should ensure that happens.
Next: 3. George Iloka