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At 5-10, 180 pounds, he's considered pound-for-pound one of the toughest Bengals ever with a 6-3, 250-pound linebacker heart. The greatest dual threat in club history, he retired as the franchise's all-time leading rusher with 6,447 yards and sixth on the receptions list with 297. The final piece in head coach Sam Wyche's creation, the four-time Pro Bowler was one of the first modern NFL nightmare matchups in the no huddle offense because his receiver-crisp routes were too fast for linebackers and safeties. He had 17 100-yard rush games to go with three 100-yard receiving games. In a 1986 win over New England he hit both with 163 yards rushing and 101 receiving. His 4.73 career yards per rush is the third best since the merger for a running back with as many carries (1,685). Only Hall-of-Famers Barry Sanders (4.99) and O.J. Simpson (4.74) are better. In the next to last game of the 1990 season, his career-high 201 yards came on just 20 carries in a win over the Oilers that basically gave them the AFC Central title when they beat the Browns the next week.

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