The Cincinnati Bengals have had some really great veterans during their franchise history. Let’s take a look at the six oldest players to don a Bengals uniform.
The NFL is a violent sport so it’s not surprising that as players age, they step away from the game, as the older players are, the worse injuries can be. The Cincinnati Bengals have never had a player over the age of 40 on their roster but a few have come close.
Here are the six oldest players in Bengals history.
6. Max Montoya, G (33.227 at the end of 1989 season)
Max Montoya is proof that high-end talent can come in the seventh round of drafts, as the Bengals selected him in the seventh and final round of the 1979 NFL Draft. Montoya played his college ball at UCLA and people probably didn’t expect him to turn into a four-time Pro Bowler.
That’s exactly what happened, however, as Montoya spent the first 11 of his 16-year career in Cincinnati as their right guard. He became the regular starter in the 1980 season — his second in the league — and never relinquished the starting right guard job until he left Cincinnati following the 1989 season.
During Montoya’s final game as a Bengal, which came on Christmas Day in 1989, he was 33 years and 227 days old. He signed with the Raiders before he turned 34 that May and spent the final five years of his NFL career with them, finally hanging up the cleats following the 1994 campaign.
Montoya’s 11-year Cincinnati career saw him make four Pro Bowls while also appearing at right guard in two Super Bowls for the franchise. He’s one of the oldest Bengals in the team’s history.