Six Bengals Among Nominees For The Pro Football Hall of Fame

Bengals great Chad Johnson is one of 122 Modern Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
Bengals great Chad Johnson is one of 122 Modern Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced 122 Modern-Era nominees for its Class of 2022, and six former Bengals greats are on the list:

  • Willie Anderson
  • Corey Dillon
  • Boomer Esiason
  • Chad Johnson
  • Justin Smith
  • Takeo Spikes

Here is a more in-depth look at the nominees during their Bengals careers.

WILLIE ANDERSON

Four-time Pro Bowler. Bengals first round draft selection in 1996. Played in 181 Bengals games, tied for eighth place on the team's all-time list. Helped set club record for fewest sacks allowed in 2007 at 17. Recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2004, given to players who best demonstrate commitment to values of sportsmanship and courage.

COREY DILLON

Three-time Pro Bowler. Holds team records for career rushing attempts (1865), career rushing yards (8061), most 100-yard games (28) and most rushing touchdowns in a game (4). His 96-yard touchdown run against Detroit in 2001 is the longest rush in team history.

BOOMER ESIASON

Three-time Pro Bowler who led Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII. Named NFL Most Valuable Player in 1988. Holds team records for passing yards in a game (490) and career average yards per passing attempt (7.62). Second in team history in 300-yard passing games (23), and third in career passing yards (27,149) and touchdown passes (187).

Check out some of the best action photos from the six former Bengals who spent multiple seasons in Cincinnati. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced a total of 122 Modern-Era nominees for its Class of 2022.

CHAD JOHNSON

Six-time Pro Bowler. Bengals career leader in receptions (751), receiving yards (10,783) and receiving touchdowns (66), and second in 100-yard receiving games (31). Second all-time in total touchdowns (66), behind FB Pete Johnson (70).

JUSTIN SMITH

Fourth overall pick in 2001 NFL Draft. Logged Bengals rookie-record 8.5 sacks, breaking 8.0 set by James Francis in 1990. In 111 games Bengals games had 43.5 sacks, 470 tackles and five fumble recoveries.

TAKEO SPIKES

15-year vet Bengals drafted in first round of 1998 NFL Draft, Registered 14.5 sacks, 571 tackles, 79 tackles for loss and five interceptions during five seasons Cincinnati.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce 25 semifinalists from this list in November, and then 15 finalists will be revealed in January for the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee to consider for enshrinement. Anderson made the list of 25 for the first time last year.

The 2022 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony will be held next August in Canton, Ohio.

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