Another Ex-Bengal Agrees: Franchise Is The Worst In Sports
A month ago, ESPN: The Magazine ranked the Cincinnati Bengals as the worst franchise in all of sports. And to add insult to injury, one of the franchise's most famous icons, Boomer Esiason agreed.
Yesterday, Esiason's teammate, Dave Rimington, backed up ESPN and Esiason's assessment.
Rimington, who had a hall of fame career in college at Nebraska and is known as the best college center of all-time, had a pretty forgettable pro career, told ESPN that his troubles in the pro ranks stemmed from the organization that he played for.
“I went from one of the best organizations in college football to probably one of the worst organizations in the NFL. I went from a weight room that was half the size of a football field to a weight room that looked like a junior high weight room, and the strength coach didn’t want anybody to lift.”
Rimington went on to say that he wasn't the only player to have his professional football career ruined by having to play for the Bengals.
“I just had to shake my head. It’s like the black hole of professional football. Good players go there and you never hear from them again.”
Rimington's claims don't answer why some players- like Esiason- still managed to have memorable pro careers in Cincinnati, but when you consider that current franchise quarterback Carson Palmer would rather retire than play another down for owner Mike Brown, it's hard not to agree that something fishy's going on in southern Ohio.
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