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Deion before Deion, he has been one of the most exciting players in Bengals history ever since he christened Riverfront Stadium in his first NFL game, too, when the rookie cornerback scooped up a fumble and went 55 yards for a touchdown. It was the harbinger of six Pro Bowls, the most by a Bengals defensive player until nose tackle Geno Atkins went to eight. Known for his engaging personality and flashy 70s fashions, his play was just as flamboyant. Before he was traded to Washington in 1978, he returned for a touchdown four interceptions, four punts, three fumbles and a kickoff as the franchise's highest scoring defender. His 18.8-yard punt return average in 1974 is still the best since the merger and featured two touchdowns. His 90-yarder against Washington that season is the second longest punt return in club history and came in the same game he returned a 47-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. His 25 interceptions are fifth on the Bengals all-time list and when he went to Washington and later Buffalo, he had 22 more to go with two more Pro Bowls. Those 47 interceptions from 1970-82 are second only to the 53 of Bengals teammate Ken Riley and Steelers Hall of Famer Mel Blount in those 13 seasons. He returned to his alma mater of Lincoln University, where he was an All-American running back, to be head coach from 2004-09.

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