Bengals unveil 50th Anniversary logo and chance to vote for top 50 retired players

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bengals on Thursday kicked off their 50th season by unveiling a commemorative logo and plans to honor the team’s history.

Bengals legends, season ticket members and fans will be invited to join in the season-long celebration.

In a letter to fans, Bengals President Mike Brown said: “Since we were formed in 1968, we have enjoyed great support – first at Nippert Stadium, then at Riverfront Stadium, and now at Paul Brown Stadium. Throughout all those years, there has been one constant: you, our fans. We appreciate your support, and I say "thank you" on behalf of the entire organization. We look forward to celebrating our team’s history with you this season.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here

A key component of the Bengals 50th season celebration is the selection of the Bengals First 50, which will recognize the top 50 retired Bengals players as voted on by the fans and media. The final list, which will be revealed before the season, will be the top 50 players who received the most votes, rather than a pre-determined number of players at each position.

The fan vote, which counts for 50 percent, runs from April 20-June 15. Fans can vote once per day at and be entered to win a Bengals 50th Anniversary Prize Pack. The media vote, which counts for the other 50 percent, will include a select group of media who have covered or currently cover the team.

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. Each member of the Bengals First 50 will be invited to be the Bengals’ guest for a game. Additional Bengals Legends will have the opportunity to participate in the halftime ceremonies as well.

Throughout the weekend, the Bengals First 50 and other Bengals Legends will be able to reconnect in various settings, including watching a team practice and attending a special dinner with other invited guests the night before the game.

The 50th anniversary logo will be prominently featured throughout the season, including on patches the team will wear on home and road uniforms, on the field at Paul Brown Stadium and on the windows of the East Club Lounge facing downtown Cincinnati.

Three-dimensional sculptures of the logo will appear at various Cincinnati locations, including Paul Brown Stadium, prior to the season. Fans will have the opportunity to take photos and win prizes through social media contests and on-site activations. A full list of sculpture locations will be available this summer.

50th anniversary merchandise, including jerseys, t-shirts, hats, mugs, keychains and other commemorative items, will go on sale in the Bengals Pro Shop on Friday, April 28.

Information provided by the Bengals

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