The Bengals released their all-50th team Tuesday and plan to unveil banners honoring Super Bowl head coaches Forrest Gregg and Sam Wyche along with 26 retired players when the season opens against the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium Sept. 10.
"It's an honor. It's a compliment," said Wyche when news broke Tuesday morning. "I know I worked hard, but I'm not sure I'm deserving of an honor like that."
Gregg and Wyche, who each led the Bengals to a Super Bowl, are to be featured on the center banner on the west sideline concourse. They'll surrounded by banners of the defensive members of the team that are led by nose tackle Tim Krumrie, left end Eddie Edwards and linebacker Reggie Williams, men that played under both coaches.
The banners for quarterbacks Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason, NFL MVPs, are earmarked for the center banner on the east sideline concourse surrounded by the offense that include their favorite targets, Isaac Curtis, Cris Collinsworth, and Bob Trumpy.
The team was based on careers stats, team records, and the fan and media vote that decided the top 50 players in franchise history last week. They went with three wide receivers (Curtis, Collinsworth and Chad Johnson) and one tight end (Trumpy) while going with a fullback (Pete Johnson) instead of two running backs. All-time rusher Corey Dillon got the other nod in the backfield.
Wyche joked that if there are pictures on the banners he hopes they don't use the one of him admonishing the Riverfront Stadium crowd in 1989 that they don't live in Cleveland.
"That's OK. It's an honor to be chosen," said Wyche, an offensive innovator who changed the game with the no huddle. "I don't mind being with the defense at all."
Read the full press release on the announcement HERE.
As part of the Bengals 50th Season celebration, three-dimensional sculptures featuring the 50th Season logo will be placed throughout the Cincinnati. For locations and more details visit Bengals.com/50thsculptures