2. James Brooks (6,447)
Bengals RB from 1984-1991
Only the second player on this list to not be drafted by the Bengals, James Brooks was the 24th overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft and landed in San Diego. Brooks was never a big part of the Bolts’ offense due to having Chuck Muncie ahead of him on the depth chart so it wasn’t a surprise when the Chargers traded him to Cincinnati.
The first year saw Brooks split time with Larry Kinnebrew, who led the team in rushing in 1984, but Brooks held that honor in four of the next six years. His best year came in 1986 when he rushed for 1,087 yards and five touchdowns. His career-high in touchdowns was eight, which he had in 1988.
Brooks made it to four Pro Bowls during his eight-year Bengals tenure and that’s definitely a trade that the team was smart to make. While he didn’t finish his career in Cincinnati (he played for the Browns and Buccaneers in 1992), everyone remembers James Brooks as a Bengal.
He’s still second all-time in rushing yards for the organization.