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RIP: Ken Riley

One of the greatest players in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals passed away today, as it was announced that Ken Riley died at the age of 72.  

Playing collegiately at Florida A&M, the Bengals selected the then Quarterback in the Sixth Round of the 1969 Draft.  The Bengals management converted him to Cornerback, where he would become the most prolific Defensive Back in franchise history.

Riley played his entire pro career with the Bengals, accumulating 65 Interceptions with five Touchdowns over 207 Games.  

Despite his high amount of Interceptions, Riley was never voted on to a Pro Bowl team. He would make a First Team All-Pro in his final season (1983), but a deeper look at his career shows a player deserving of more.  

Following his playing career, Riley returned to his alma mater, where he became Florida A&M’s Head Coach.  He took the Rattlers to two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Titles and he was also a two-time MEAC Coach of the Year.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and Family of Ken Riley.

Our All-Time Top 50 Cincinnati Bengals are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Cincinnati Bengals. 

If you want you to name a team that exemplifies hard luck in the National Football League, it would have to be the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Formed in 1968 as the last member of the American Football League, the Bengals joined the NFL with the official merger two years later.  Cincinnati always seems to be a team that struggles, but they have appeared in two Super Bowls, losing both to the San Francisco 49ers.  While they have never been a champion, two Super Bowl appearances are the envy of a few teams in the NFL.  

As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2019 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always, we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Antony Munoz

2. Ken Anderson

3. Geno Atkins

4. Boomer Esiason

5. Ken Riley

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for our more material coming soon!

Up next, will be the top 50 Cincinnati Bengals.

As always we thank you for your support.

5. Ken Riley

There are many underappreciated players, but you could argue that Ken Riley has taken being snubbed to another level.  We will get there, but let’s look at his overall career first.

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41. Ken Riley

There are many underappreciated players, but you could argue that Ken Riley has taken being snubbed to another level.  We will get there, but let’s look at his overall career first.

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