14. Tim Krumrie
Bengals NT from 1983-1994
There will be much debate about where to place these guys based on legacy. They are all talented players so it really comes down to what one values more. With Krumrie, it’s hard not to discuss that he never missed a game in his Bengals career. He defined what toughness and durability were.
He made the Pro Bowl twice in his 11 seasons with the Bengals. He had a stretch of games where he started 160 of 161 games in a row.
Krumrie did some rare things as a nose tackle. He led the team in tackles five times. However, Krumrie would be a different type of animal in today’s game from a durability standpoint. He played in a total of 188 games, and most Bengals fans, especially those in the 80s and 90s, would remember the tragic moment he broke his leg early in Super Bowl XXIII.
Now you could make a case for him to be higher, and it’s completely understandable, but based on the legacy left, you could debate some being higher.
13. Bob Trumpy
Bengals TE from 1968-1977
Bob Trumpy might just be the greatest tight end in Bengals history with his impact as a complete player at the position. Trumpy was a four-time Pro Bowler and, as I mentioned, was an all-around player that didn’t just catch passes.
He was an elite blocker in the run game and, at times, in the passing game around the EDGE. In nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Trumpy recorded 4,600 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns.
He wasn’t a guy who would ultimately take over a game, but he was consistent, and he did his job and found ways to produce to benefit the team; that’s precisely why he is a nominee for this historic honor in the Bengals franchise history.