New numbers game

P.J. Combs, the Bengals knight of numbers, has released the uniform numbers for the remaining five players drafted last weekend:

Georgia guard Clint Boling (65), West Virginia safety Robert Sands (49), Stanford wide receiver Ryan Whalen (88), Southern Illinois cornerback Korey Lindsey (38) and Baylor running back Jay Finley (33). Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green (18), TCU quarterback Andy Dalton (14), and Nevada outside linebacker Dontay Moch (52) had their numbers unveiled in news conferences.

Some highly decorated numbers have been doled out.

The No. 14 of quarterback Ken Anderson has the most Pro Bowls with four, but it is tied with two guys that wore No. 33, safety David Fulcher (three) and cornerback Ashley Ambrose (1). No. 65 is also a solid jersey. Along with the three Pro Bowls of left guard Max Montoya are center Darrick Brilz, left tackle John Jackson and left guard Eric Steinbach.

No. 88 also has some history. Future head coach Bruce Coslet wore it for eight seasons as a tight end and wide receiver Mike Martin wore it when he led the NFL in punt returns in 1984. Before wide receiver Charlie Joiner embarked on his Hall of Fame career run in San Diego, he wore No. 18 here from 1972-75 and before that running back Paul Robinson won an AFL rushing title wearing it.

The number mothballed the longest is Lindsey's 38, last worn by running back Michael Basnight in 1999.

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