2009 Rookie Class Does It All

Matt FinkeContributor IDecember 14, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 13:  Darius Reynaud #82 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against Tom Neslon #43 and Chinedum Ndukwe #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals on December 13, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bengals 30-10.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The giant impact the Bengals draft class of 2009 is undeniable.  Maualuga, Scott, Cosby, Huber, Trent, Johnson, and maybe one day Smith and Coffman have been inserted and thrived in one of the toughest NFL divisions and play for a 9-4 team.

Besides Andre Smith's weight gain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF2nYd2NOys see :42) none of these guys have made the news wire except for their positive contributions on the field. 

Everyone can find a spot where these Rookies have made mistakes on the field.  They will continue to make mistakes, hopefully less and less as the year progresses.  Which I believe has been the case. 

The best part about the progress they have been making is that they will continue to make progress as they develop in the off season, next year, and the year after barring a David Pollack type injury. 

This gives me more hope as a Bengals fan then anything else.  The revolving door has stopped and removed. 

Marvin Lewis is going to be here for the foreseeable future.  These Rookies are not getting in trouble and have proven themselves as great members of the community. 

Quan Cosby put on his 1st Amazing Race event that raised funds that will go towards Quan Cosby Adopt.A.High School Academic Initiative, which offers academic and SAT/ACT assistance to underserved students in area schools.

I would say that half of the Bengals fans that attended the Lions game do not even know who Quan Cosby is... The little celebrity he has he has leveraged for the good of the community.

Last Friday I had the privilege to help Coach Lewis and 12 Bengals Rookies hand out gifts to children in the ICU at Children's Hospital.  For an hour after their work day these guys posed for pictures and handed out gifts. 

I received this mention on the MLCF Twitter page from  .  He wrote @Marvin_Lewis_CF thank you marvin and the bengals you made my daughters day at childrens hospital god bless you.

I wrote back with a simple glad we could help, good luck.  He responded with @Marvin_Lewis_CF marvin lewis thank you for responding to my twitter you are the best god bless you you are pure class.

So whatever anyone wants to say about the loss to Minnesota... you haters out there saying "same old Bengals", I throw the quality of our future in your face. 

I can proudly say I'm a Bengals fan no matter the score... I know “the future” works hard on the field and gives back off the field. 



I can't wait for the pro version... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt6K513qhRY