Cincinnati Bengals Ring of Honor? Who should make the list
By Kyle Smith
After a snowstorm hit the greater Cincinnati area early in the week, the Bengals’ Twitter account posted a picture of a snowy Paul Brown Stadium. However, it was quickly deleted. But fans on Twitter zoomed in before it was taken down and got a hint of what could be in store in the Jungle: a Ring of Honor.
The names Anderson, Krumrie, and Munoz were posted on the cement wall below the club level. Could this be an accidental leak of a Ring of Honor that Bengals fans have asked for?
After the unexcusable absence of Ken Riley from the 2020 NFL Honors “In Memoriam” section, the Bengals posted a tweet expressing their disappointment for the NFL’s error. Could the deleted picture, announcement of new uniforms, revamped social media team, and recent involvement from retired Bengals such as Chad Johnson and Carson Palmer mean a changing of the tide in Cincinnati?
While the Ring of Honor isn’t confirmed, it’s worth the time to examine who should be placed in the inaugural class.
We will start with the names already listed in the picture and there’s no better place to begin than the only Bengals player to make it to the Hall of Fame.
The third overall pick in 1980, Anthony Munoz came into the Queen City and dominated off the get-go. Following a college career hampered by injuries, Munoz started 164 out of 168 games. He was the cornerstone to a Cincinnati Bengals team that won three AFC Central titles, secured two AFC championships, and made two Super Bowl appearances.
Munoz was nominated to 11 straight Pro Bowls and 11 straight all-pros. He is far and away the best player to ever put on stripes and should be the first player to be inducted into the Bengals’ Ring of Honor.