Bengals reveal First 50 numbers 50-41 on the list
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - With 2017 being the 50th season in Bengals franchise history the team is honoring the "First 50," which recognizes the top 50 retired Bengals players as voted on by fans and media.
More than 160,000 fan votes were cast, which accounted for 50 percent of the results. The other 50 percent was determined by 24 members of the media who have covered or currently cover the team. The final list features the top 50 retired players who received the most votes, rather than a predetermined number of players at each position.
- Note: Local12.com digital sports columnist/editor Richard Skinner will release his Bengals all-time top 50 on Monday.
Ten players will be announced each day at 10 a.m. on Bengals.com with a video countdown and Sunday the first 10 were released and they are as follows:
No. 50 – Stanford Jennings: Scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XXIII with a 93-yard kickoff return. In the top five in team history for kickoff returns (136), kickoff return yards (2752) and longest kickoff return (98-yard touchdown against Kansas City in 1988).
No. 49 – Tim McGee: Bengals first round draft selection in 1986. Third in team history for average yards per reception (16.68). Led team in receptions (65) and receiving yards (1211) in 1989, including five 100-yard games.
No. 48 – Robert Geathers: Two-time team leader in sacks and one of 10 Bengals to have 10 or more sacks in a season, having registered 10.5 in 2006. Holds team record for fumble return yards in a season, with 113 in 2009. Recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2013, given to players who best demonstrate commitment to values of sportsmanship and courage.
No. 47 – Brian Simmons: Bengals first round draft selection in 1998. Versatile linebacker who played all three spots in 122 games as a Bengal. Led team in tackles in 1999, 2003 and 2004.
No. 46 – Greg Cook: Holds team record for average yards per passing attempt in a season with 9.41 yards per attempt in 1969. Led AFL in passing in 1969, connecting on 106 of 197 passes for a 53.81 completion percentage.
No. 45 – Eric Thomas: Member of Super Bowl XXIII team. In the top 15 in team history for career interceptions (15). Blocked three field goals in 1991. Made Pro Bowl in 1988.
No. 44 – Doug Pelfrey: Third in team history in total points, with 660 points scored. Holds team record for consecutive extra points made (103) and ranks third in field goal percentage (77.27).
No. 43 – Ross Browner: Bengals first round draft selection in 1978 and named to all-rookie team. Third in team history for career sacks, with 59 sacks. Led team in sacks in 1978, 1979 and 1985. Led team in tackles in Super Bowl XVI.
No. 42 – Lee Johnson: Holds team records for total punts (746), career punting yards (32,196) and punts inside the 20-yard line (186). His 63-yard punt in Super Bowl XXIII ranks second in Super Bowl history.
No. 41 – Justin Smith: Bengals first round draft selection in 2001. Sixth in team history with 43.5 career sacks. Led the line in tackles for six straight seasons.
Here are the release dates for the other members of the First 50:
- Monday, July 17: Nos. 40-31.
- Tuesday, July 18: Nos. 30-21.
- Wednesday, July 19: Nos. 20-11.
- Thursday, July 20: Nos. 10-1.
The Bengals First 50 and other Bengals Legends will be recognized during halftime ceremonies at every regular season home game, which will include video highlights and an on-field presentation.