Cincinnati Bengals All-Time Passing Leaders – No. 11: Neil O’Donnell (2,216)
Bengals Quarterback in 1998
The fact that Neil O’Donnell played for the Bengals for just one season and is just outside the top 10 on this list shows the quarterback woes Cincinnati has had during their history. O’Donnell might have only spent one year in Cincinnati, but he had a long NFL career with the last few years being spent as a backup.
The first seven years of his career, O’Donnell played for the Steelers and Jets. The Steelers took him in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft and he started for them for five years before moving onto the Jets for two seasons.
During O’Donnell’s one year with the Bengals, which was in 1998, he tossed for 2,216 yards, 15 touchdowns, and four interceptions through 13 games. He went 2-9 as a starter and was out of Cincy at the end of the season.
O’Donnell spent the final five years of his career with the Titans, mostly as a backup. He was out of the NFL after the 2003 season but that was after 13 years in the league, which is impressive staying in the league that long.