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Bengals legend Ken Riley has died at 72


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For parts on three decades, Ken Riley patrolled the defensive backfield for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Across 15 seasons, Riley came away with 65 interceptions and the cornerback became one of the franchise's all-time best players.

Florida A&M University -- where he was a standout player before eventually becoming a head coach and athletic director -- announced Riley died early Sunday morning. A cause of death was not reported.

A sixth-round draft pick by the Bengals in 1969, Riley became a starter in Cincy as a rookie and remained one through his final season -- an All-Pro campaign in 1983.

https://www.nfl.com/news/former-bengals-cb-ken-riley-who-had-65-ints-dies-at-72

It's pretty remarkable he isn't in the HOF along with his teammate Lemar Parrish. Both were great cornerbacks that played for many years with the Bengals. Riley had a strange career in that he never even got one Pro Bowl invitation, but was a Pro Bowl quality player. He has the 5th most interceptions of all time, and started 201 out of 207 games for the Bengals, 207 games being a franchise record. Perhaps it's because Lemar Parrish got all of the accolades instead he never really got any. In any case, both should be immortalized in Canton. RIP. 

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11 hours ago, PapaShogun said:

https://www.nfl.com/news/former-bengals-cb-ken-riley-who-had-65-ints-dies-at-72

It's pretty remarkable he isn't in the HOF along with his teammate Lemar Parrish. Both were great cornerbacks that played for many years with the Bengals. Riley had a strange career in that he never even got one Pro Bowl invitation, but was a Pro Bowl quality player. He has the 5th most interceptions of all time, and started 201 out of 207 games for the Bengals, 207 games being a franchise record. Perhaps it's because Lemar Parrish got all of the accolades instead he never really got any. In any case, both should be immortalized in Canton. RIP. 

Small market (or fan base) bias.  Perhaps if the Bengals had won one or both of those SB's back in the 80's things would have been different for Riley and Ken Anderson.

Anyway, RIP Ken Riley.

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Funny that you indicated that Parrish got all the accolades, considering I don't remember him at all, but do remember Riley (at least the very tail-end of his career).  I always thought he should be a HOFer too, but I imagine because it's the Bengals, that's why he got ignored.    

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