In this article I am going to pick my glory bees, the guys on the field that want all the glory.
The running backs, receivers, and quarterback—I am even going to pick a punter and kicker.
I am going to pick three wide receivers, three running/full backs, one quarterback, one punter, one tight end, and one kicker.
In the next article I will select the coaches who run this team.
The hardest thing for me to do is select a quarterback. Do I go for Kenny Anderson, Boomer, or the Bengals' current quarterback, Carson Palmer?
Ken Anderson is one of the most prolific short range passers the game has ever seen, becoming one of the first quarterbacks ever to run what would become known as the West Coast Offense.
In the Bengals' first Monday night win in 1975, Ken Anderson tossed for a mind-boggling 447 yards while the Bengals ran up 553 offensive yards.
In the 1981 season Ken Anderson out-dueled Dan Fouts in the Freezer Bowl for the AFC Championship, and a trip to the Bengals' first Super Bowl.
The Bengals later lost the Super Bowl to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21, but Anderson completed 25-of-34 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns, plus 14 yards rushing with one touchdown on five attempts.
Anderson played his entire career with Cincinnati, later catching on as the quarterbacks coach.
When Anderson retired he had 32,838 yards and 197 touchdowns. He was elected to four Pro Bowls.
Boomer Esiason is one of the best left-handed quarterbacks ever to play the game. He replaced the Bengals' all-time leading passer, Ken Anderson, in 1985.
Boomer is known for running the play action pass offense and a hurry up offense where they would not allow the opposing team to substitute players, leading to mismatches in personnel.
In 1988, Boomer's Bengals ran one of the most prolific offenses in football. Boomer put the team on his back and led them to the AFC Championship game, in which they dismantled the Buffalo Bills.
The Bengals went on to lose yet another Super Bowl to the San Francisco 49ers, on a perfectly run two-minute drill by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.
The Bengals' current hope resides on the shoulders of No. 9, Carson Palmer. The No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft has had his share of ups and downs.
Palmer led the Bengals to the AFC North division championship in only his second season, and hopes were high that the Bengals had finally found their man.
Palmer's playoff run was cut short due to a late hit by Kimo Von Oelhoffen. Palmer connected with wide receiver Chris Henry on a 77-yard pass play, which set the Bengals up for their first score.
Palmer has thrown for over 26 touchdowns and 4,000 yards three times, and has the ability to strike from any position on the field.
Palmer says he is fully healthy this year, and is ready for the Bengals to overcome the losing tradition that is associated with this organization.
My first two wide receivers fit the glory bee name to a tee: Chad Ochocinco and Carl Pickens Clause.
While I would not want the headache that would come with having these two mouthpieces on the same team, how exciting would it be to see this tandem of receivers?
Carl set many Bengals' records; one that still stands is his 63 career touchdowns.
Pickens was the first player to have a clause named after him and put in his contract.
Carl Pickens bad mouthed the Bengals so much that they put a clause in his contract that he would forfeit some or all of his signing bonus if he bad-mouthed the organization.
The clause in the contract became known as the Carl Pickens Clause.
Actually, I could not begin to imagine what it would be like to have The Ocho and Pickens on the same team, and I feel sorry for the coach that I pick to run this team.
The receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson is a five-time Pro Bowler, and he was an All-Pro three times.
He is known for his touchdown dances and his confident personality.
Chad led the league in receiving for four years straight, piling up yardage and touchdowns along his way.
My third wide receiver is Down Town Eddie Brown. In my mind Brown will always be remembered as the guy the Bengals passed on Jerry Rice for.
Brown was selected 13th in the 1985 draft, three picks ahead of the GOAT, (Greatest of All Time) Jerry Rice.
The Bengals were rewarded for the pick of Brown. In his first year, Brown won rookie of the year.
Eddie Brown set many records, and Chad Johnson has broken most of them, but one Chad hasn’t gotten yet is yards per catch at 24.
Chad broke Brown's record for receiving yards in a season (1273), with 1,355 yards in 2003, however, it took Chad 37 more receptions.
Chad also broke Brown's record for most yards in a game (216), with a 260-yard game in 2006.
The first running back was one of my childhood favorites. He was elusive and had speed to burn. He could stop on a dime, and be back to full speed in the blink of an eye.
When James Brooks left the Bengals in 1991, he was the team's all-time leading rusher with 6,447 yards.
His record would later be broken by Corey Dillon’s 8,061 yards, but James is still ranked among the top 10 all-time leading receivers with 297 receptions for 3,012 yards.
James Brooks is still ranked 21st on the NFL’s career list on total net yard leaders with 14,910 yards.
My next selection is an Ohio State alumni. He played fullback for the Buckeyes from 1973 to 1976, and in 1975 he set Ohio State records for rushing touchdowns (25) and points (156).
Pete Johnson was an outstanding rusher and blocker. He was the team’s leading rusher for all seven seasons he played with the Bengals.
In 1981 Johnson made his only Pro Bowl, totaling over 1,400 all purpose yards and 16 touchdowns.
Johnson led the Bengals to victory in the Freezer Bowl game against the Chargers with 14 points, and in the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance.
Probably one of the most enigmatic players the Bengals have ever had, besides Chad Johnson, is fullback Ickey Wood.
I picked him last because his career, while outstanding, was cut short due to injury. Ickey played from 1988 to 1991, and was out of the league by the age of 26.
In his rookie season, Woods rushed for 1,066 yards and 15 touchdowns, and led his team all the way through the playoffs and straight to the Super Bowl.
In the playoffs, Ickey rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Fans in Cincinnati still keep the Ickey shuffle and the 1988 season close to their hearts.
The only offensive player left to select is a tight end.
The Bengals haven’t had a lot of great tight ends, but Bob Trumpy certainly stands out.
Trump’s records for yards (4,600), touchdowns (36), and yards per catch (22.6) still stand for Bengals tight ends.
Trumpy played 10 seasons for the Bengals retiring in 1977 and jumping straight into the broadcast booth for NBC.
Kicker Jim Breech, the Bengals' little man, played in two Super Bowls in his 14-year career. He made 243 of 340 field goals for 71.4 percent, and 517 of 539 extra point attempts at 95.9, a franchise record.
Jim is still active in the Cincinnati community and has a charity with Shayne Graham called Kicks for Kids.
Now down to the punter. There was really only one that came to mind, and that is Kyle Larson.
Settle down, I was only kidding. The punter I selected for my roster is Lee Johnson.
Lee played 11 of his 18 seasons with the Bengals. In his first season of 1988, Lee Johnson set a Super Bowl record for the longest punt of 63 yards.
Lee Johnson was known for his long booming punts. In 1990 he hit a punt 70 yards, and led the league with a 38.5 net average in 1995.
When Johnson retired in 2002, his 51,979 punting yards ranked third all-time. He also pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line 317 times.
So my All Bengals team on the offensive side of the ball looks like this:
Left Tackle: Anthony Munoz
Right Tackle: Willie Anderson
Right Guard: Max Montoya
Center: Rich Brahm Alternate: Dave Rimmington
Left Guard: Bruce Kozerski
Running Back: James Brooks
Fullback: Pete Johnson
Fullback: Ickey Woods
Wide Receiver: Down Town Eddie Brown
Wide Receiver: Carl Pickens
Wide Receiver: Chad Johnson (I got him before the name change. Ha ha.)
Tight End: Bob Trumpy
Quarterback: Carson Palmer (In my opinion, he is the most talented quarterback the Bengals have ever had. He has not been the most successful of the three quarterbacks yet, but with an up and coming defense and a top 10 offense, maybe when he gets the Bengals to the Super Bowl, this time they win.)
Punter: Lee Johnson
Kicker: Jim Breech