22 years ago a certain young running back—Elbert L. Woods A.K.A Ickey Woods—reinvigorated a Bengals backfield which had become known as a pass first team to most. Yet Ickey brought nothing new—other than the flair of a certain dance called the "Ickey Shuffle." In fact, the Bengals backfield had always been the strong reliable workhorse.
While the Bengals were mired in a 14-year drought (from 1991 to 2004)—where the team could do no better than break even (3 seasons) and more often than not, carry a losing record (11 seasons)—the Bengals amassed 25,324 rushing yards for a well-above-average of 1,809 team rushing yards per season.
As the Bengals embark on a season where hopes are high, where thoughts of the 1988 Super Bowl campaign spring to mind, consider the following: in 1988 Cincinnati—which was known for the long-bombs by Boomer to Eddie Brown—compiled 2,710 team rushing yards for 27 rushing touchdowns to give a complementary balance to the pass-attack of 3,592 passing yards for 28 passing touchdowns.
For those readers thinking that the Bengals will need to shift away from the run in order to make a run at the NFL title, consider the following top ten all-time running backs in Bengals' history.
(Author's Note: As fullback and running backs have filled the position interchangably in many instances, fullbacks are being included.)