Bengals Announce Inaugural Ring of Honor Class

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The Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday that quarterback Ken Anderson and cornerback Ken Riley have been voted into the team’s first Ring of Honor class.

“We have a long history of players, many of them great players. Ken Anderson and Ken Riley are at the top of that list of great players,” Bengal president Mike Brown said in a press release. “They were the type of players which we like to think runs on our team. I’m glad they are the top picks for the fans.”

The duo join team founder and coach Paul Brown and Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz, who were selected by the franchise earlier this year.

The 2021 class will be honored at a home game on September 30 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A third-round pick in 1971, Anderson played for the Bengals through the 1986 season. He ranks first in franchise history with 32,838 passing yards and second in touchdown passes with 197.

The 72-year-old was named MVP in 1981 after leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl. He led the NFL in passer rating four times and led the NFL in passing yards twice.

Riley, a 1969 sixth-round pick, played the entire 1983 season for the Bengals and is fifth in NFL history with 65 interceptions. He spent his entire career with the Bengals, retiring after the 1983 campaign.

Riley died on June 7, 2020 at the age of 72.

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