Stunned Bengals Savor Life Of Ken Riley
A lot of old teammates took Louis Breeden's lead and spent Sunday reflecting on how lucky they were to be in on the life of Ken Riley. "The first thing I thought of today when I heard was that big smile," said Dave Lapham of Riley's death. "As great a player as he was, he was just an incredible human being."
Down On The Corner, They Honor Ken Riley's Hall-Worthy 65
We are down here on the corner talking to three cornerbacks about one of the greatest NFL corners to ever live. They're all trying to explain just how hard it is to get an NFL interception. Listen to Hall-of-Famers Mel Blount and Dick LeBeau, as well as a former Florida A&M corner who played for Ken Riley. Ken Riley II.
HBCUs Have Played Prominent Role In Bengals History
As Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders uses his Hall-of-Fame pedigree to put the spotlight on football at historically black colleges and universities, the Bengals just observed the 45th anniversary of head coach Paul Brown's last and best team that featured a bevy of stars from that tiny game that once towered over the NFL landscape.
Bengals Senior Duo Gets Plenty Of Attention From Voters in Grinding Hall of Fame Process
Odds are both the late Ken Riley and his 1981 Super Bowl Bengals teammate Ken Anderson are making a trip to Canton next month in a field of 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame senior candidates. Certainly at least one of them. And evidence suggests they are not traveling incognito to the voters. But that's when the hard part starts. "I think both these guys will have gold jackets at some point. But the senior process is brutal and painful," says one senior selector.
Earning Their Stripes: 10 Interesting Facts About The 1981 Bengals
Led by quarterback Ken Anderson, the 1981 Most Valuable Player, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg on the sidelines, the 1981 Bengals enjoyed a magical run to the Super Bowl. Digging deeper into the numbers, here are 10 surprising facts about one of the greatest teams in Bengals history.
Despite Senior Shake-off, Anderson And Riley Still Have Hall Support
On Wednesday morning the Pro Football Hall of Fame announces its list of 15 senior inductees (ten players, two coaches, three contributors) and Bengaldom already knows its two favorite sons won't be anointed by the shrine just down the road in Canton, Ohio that has proven to be light years away for Bengals of any era. But the absence of Ken Anderson and Ken Riley stunned some voters and they still have support on future ballots.
Legends Young and Old
Leon Hall, 34 years young, is humbled and horrified that he is one of the 10 Bengals legends honored at halftime of Sunday's Paul Brown Stadium game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) against Jacksonville as part of the NFL's 100-year celebration. "I'm not a fan of the word 'legend.' It implies old," says Hall. But he's glad to be one because he hopes to spend some time with another underappreciated Bengals legend that also plied his trade on the corner.
'75 comes alive as P.B. takes his bow
On the 40th anniversary of another 6-0 team that had weapons teeming out of those playbooks Paul Brown invented in the shadow of World War II, 1975 is a honking and crowded intersection of sports history where the past and the future dodged each other in a blur of transition. P.B. and his last team that laughed at conventional offenses were symbolic of that crossroads.
This Day in Bengals History: Bengals Thaw Freezer Bowl for First Super Bowl Trip
January 10, 1982: Ken Anderson's moustache. Dave Lapham's biceps. Ken Riley's sideburns. The smoke steaming off Eddie Edwards' ears when he catches on fire on the heated bench. The Riverfront Stadium scoreboard, locked at Bengals 27, Chargers 7. All frozen together in a historic tableau known as "The Freezer Bowl."
'Never gets old'
Ken Riley passed on to his son Ken the passion for football and a heck of a Paul Brown imitation. "Boy, he was something," says Riley the Elder to his old partners on the corner, Lemar Parrish and Louis Breeden. Both are on display this week when the Bengals host their first two alumni dinners celebrating the club's 50th anniversary and coinciding with each home game.
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Should Ken Anderson, Ken Riley and Willie Anderson be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
On the Old School Scribe Podcast SiriusXM NFL Radio's Alex Marvez and Bengals.com Senior Writer Geoff Hobson break down the Pro Football Hall of Fame chances for Bengals legends Ken Anderson, Ken Riley and Willie Anderson.