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About The Cincinnati Bengals
In 1967, Paul Brown was granted an AFL Franchise in Cincinnati. He chose to name the team the Bengals, partly because in the late 30’s there had already been a football team called the Cincinnati Bengals. So he decided to name his team the same to commemorate the earlier team. Also the name Bengals was chosen because the Cincinnati Zoo was host to Bengal Tigers which was rare at that time.
Paul Brown was already a football legend having been the Cleveland Browns coach from 1946 to 1962 and then because of a controversial move the new owner, Art Modell fired Paul Brown. Because of the animosity between the two, the Bengals and the Browns were instant rivals.
The first three seasons ended with a loosing record of three wins and eleven losses. However, running back Paul Robinson gained 1,023 yards rushing and was named Rookie of the Year.
In the Bengals first few years, they produced some of the NFL’s most memorable players like Ken Anderson a four time Pro Bowl quarterback. He played for the Bengals for thirteen years and holds a handful of NFL records. During his career he threw for 32,838 yard, 197 touchdowns and led the Bengals to four playoffs and won three division titles. In 1981 he put the Bengals in the their first Super Bowl (XVI) and he set the Super Bowl record for most completed passes 25 and with a completion percentage of 73.5
There was also Paul Robinson, two time Pro Bowl running back and Rookie of the Year (1968). Isaac Curtis is also hard to forget with his amazing pass catching skills. Curtis played 12 years and holds the team record for receiving yards (7, 101).
The 80’s were good for the Cincinnati Bengals as they found their way into two Super Bowls, the first one in 1981 against the San Francisco 49ers. By all rights they should have won the game. Anderson set three Super Bowl records with completed passes, completion percentage and most completed passes caught by one person (11 / Dan Ross). Not only did the Bengals break Super Bowl records but statistically they had out done the 49ers in total yards 356 to 274.
But they hurt themselves with turnovers and ended up loosing to the 49ers 26 to 21. Again, in 1988 they found themselves in a Super Bowl rematch and again they lost out to the 49ers, and this loss was the beginning of bad things to come.
For the next decade the only record the Bengals broke was the record for having the worst NFL record that was previously held by the Cardinals. They would remain on the bottom until 2005 when they finished in first place in AFC west but would loose the wild card game against the Steelers.