Bengals History

Ranking the Bengals Ring of Honor nominees based on legacy

Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Max Montoya (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Max Montoya (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

10. Max Montoya 

Bengals OG from 1979-1989

Max Montoya had a 10-year career in the Queen City and supplanted himself as one of the best offensive linemen in team history. He was as consistent as they come for offensive guards. Montoya is a three-time Pro Bowler and was a vital piece in both Super Bowls against the San Francisco 49ers.

However, the craziest stat out of all these nominees is how Montoya had a stretch of games in 1988 where he allowed his opponent to hit the quarterback just once in 237 dropbacks.

There hasn’t been a better guard than Montoya in franchise history, and he was a part of one of the NFL’s greatest offensive lines ever. Montoya fits well in this spot for the rankings.

If he had a few more legacy-defining moments, you could defiantly make a case for him to be higher because he is talented enough to climb up further.

9. Willie Anderson

Bengals OT from 1996-2007

Willie Anderson is one of the most underrated offensive linemen in NFL history. He was purely a monster that got the job done year after year.

Anderson was a first-round selection by Cincinnati in 1996, and in his tenure with the Bengals, he managed to make four Pro Bowls. In 2007, he was a vital piece of one of the best Cincinnati offensive lines in the franchise’s history, which had the least amount of sacks given up in the team’s history.

Although Anderson was more than just a player, his legacy is so defined, and he still has a great relationship with the Cincinnati Bengals community. Anderson was a great person off the field as well.

In 15 games against Hall of Fame-level defensive pass rushers, Anderson allowed just one to record a sack. That stat should blow people’s minds. He was arguably the best pure run blocker in the franchise’s history.

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