Bengals legends, quarterback Carson Palmer and safety David Fulcher have been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Following great college careers at Arizona State and USC, Bengals legends, David Fulcher and Carson Palmer have been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Fulcher was the 78th overall pick in the third round of the 1986 Draft. Palmer was the first pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.
Palmer played parts of five seasons at USC. After leaving USC as the Trojans all-time leading passer, Palmer finished with a 59.1 completion percentage, threw for 11,818 yards, 72 touchdowns and 49 interceptions. Matt Barkley currently holds the USC records in passing yards and TDs from 2009-2012.
Palmer played with the Bengals from 2003 through 2009. With 22,694 passing yards and 154 TD, Palmer ranks fourth in Bengals history. Palmer completed 62.9 percent of his passes while with Cincinnati and had an 86.9 passer rating in 97 games with a 46-51 record. Palmer was traded to Oakland at the 2011 trade deadline.
Palmer was the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner during a season the Trojans went 11-2, dominated Iowa 38-17 in the Orange Bowl and finished fourth. Palmer also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Sporting News Player of the Year, the Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year and was named a Consensus All-American.
Fulcher finished his collegiate career with 12 interceptions before leaving for the NFL following his junior season. In his final season in Tempe, Fulcher had six interceptions, including one returned for a TD. Fulcher is only one of three Arizona State players who was a consensus All-American twice.
Fulcher recorded over 100 tackles in each of his first two seasons in college. With 31 interceptions, Fulcher is third in Bengals history. Fulcher was named to the Pro -Bowl three times, from 1988–1990. Following the 1989 season, Fulcher was named first-team All-Pro and was second-team All-Pro in 1990.
Like Palmer, Fulcher left Cincinnati to play with the Raiders in 1993, who was then in Los Angeles. Palmer played two seasons with the Raiders before Oakland traded him to the Arizona Cardinals. Palmer finished his career in Arizona from 2013-2017. Fulcher and Palmer are two of the greatest players in Bengals history.