Good Friday morning, Dan Wells writing. I hope this blog finds you well and in good spirits!
The Bengals (9-7) are back in the postseason for the third time in seven seasons! This morning, I thought I'd dig up some fun Bengals trivia for you.
Check it out.
When Paul Brown originally attempted to form the Bengals, it was his intent to join the NFL and not the AFL.
In 1973, Essex Johnson became the first Bengals player to ever gain more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.
The first Bengals quarterback to ever throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season was Ken Anderson in 1975.
Wide receiver Eddie Brown caught more touchdown passes from Boomer Esiason than any other player.
The first Bengals receiver to put up 200 or more receiving yards in one game was future Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner. He caught seven passes for 200 yards in a 1975 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Boomer Esiason threw more touchdown passes against the Houston Oilers than he did against any other NFL franchise.
Ken Anderson threw more touchdown passes against the Houston Oilers than he did against any other opponent.
The first Cincinnati Bengals player to put together a 1,000 yard rushing season was Paul Robinson in 1968. This would be the only 1,000 yard rushing season of his career.
The worst win-loss record by a Bengals starting quarterback who started at least 16 games for the team during their career is 4-20 and is the property of David Klingler.
Boomer Esiason's first career NFL touchdown pass was caught by M.L. Harris.
Carson Palmer's first NFL touchdown pass came in his first game ever, it went for six yards and was caught by Kenny Watson.
The Cincinnati Bengals had no 1,000 yard rushers during the entire 1970′s.
At one point over a span of six consecutive games in 2007, Carson Palmer threw seven straight touchdown passes to receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh without another player on the team catching one.
The Bengals joined the AFL in 1968 and then the NFL in 1970 as part of the NFL-AFL merger.
While with the Cincinnati Bengals, Charlie Joiner once accumulated 200 yards receiving in one game.
During Carson Palmer's senior season at Santa Margarita Catholic High School he threw 71 touchdown passes.
Boomer Esiason was the first quarterback taken in the 1984 NFL Draft… even though he wasn't selected until early in the second round. Esiason was selected in the first round of the USFL
Draft that year by the Washington Federals.
The final play of quarterback Boomer Esiason's career was a 77 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Darnay Scott.
Paul Brown, the founder and longtime Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns also founded the Cincinnati Bengals.
Linebacker Reggie Williams, a Dartmouth graduate, served on the Cincinnati City Council while playing for the Bengals.
The Bengals unique tiger-striped helmets were debuted for the 1981 season.
GOOD LUCK BENGALS!
Have a great weekend!
- Dan Wells