During his playing days, no one in the NFL was better. It’s justifiable to consider him as the best offensive lineman ever, and he has conducted his personal and family life in a way that is a great credit to the Bengals and the NFL. Mike Brown, Bengals President
Anthony Muñoz played 13 seasons (1980-92) for the Bengals, and put together a dominant career in that included a team-record 11 Pro Bowls and 11 All-Pro nods. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 — his first year of eligibility — and is widely credited for helping to define the art of playing offensive tackle in the modern NFL.
Muñoz originally joined the Bengals as the third overall pick in the 1980 draft, after a decorated career at the University of Southern California. He quickly made his mark as one of the NFL's top offensive linemen, and would become a cornerstone of powerful Bengals offenses that propelled the team to two Super Bowl appearances in the 1980s.
Individually, Muñoz earned at least one major award as NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year in six of his 13 Bengals seasons. And although offensive linemen typically do not compile statistics, his hallmark agility and athleticism are reflected by his seven career catches and four touchdowns while lining up as a tackle-eligible receiver.
Muñoz's impact off the field was akin to that between the lines on Sundays. His long-respected work in the community was recognized in 1991 when he received the NFL's Man of the Year Award, long considered the league's premier honor for off-the-field work.
Though there are other Pro Football Hall of Fame members with some Hispanic ancestry, Muñoz is considered the first player of primarily Hispanic background to enter the Hall. He and his parents both hail from California, however his grandparents are natives of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Muñoz grew up in metro Los Angeles (Ontario, Calif.), but has made his home in Cincinnati since retiring. His outstanding work in the community has continued, and he remains one of the most impactful and recognizable public figures in Greater Cincinnati. Much of his recent community involvement has centered on growing the game of football in the Hispanic community.
A look back at offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz's career with the Bengals.