Corey Dillon would like to patch things up with Bengals

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As part of their 50th anniversary celebration this year, the Bengals held a fan vote for the Top 50 players in franchise history and invited the winners back for games during the regular season.

That group includes running back Corey Dillon, who ran for at least 1,129 yards in each of his first six seasons with the team before asking for a trade prior to the 2004 season. Dillon, who had other issues with management while in Cincinnati, was traded to the Patriots, which led to a Super Bowl ring after the next season and an estrangement from the Bengals that Dillon hopes will finally come to a pleasant end this year.

Dillon told Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he “did some stuff that was not cool” on his way out of town, but has no “ill will” toward the franchise any longer and that he’s happy to have a chance to build a new relationship starting with the anniversary festivities.

“They say time heals wounds,” Dillon said. “I played seven years hard for the Bengals. I’m a part of their history. They are a part of mine. I don’t dwell on the past. What happened in the past is done. If I had a magic wand to go undo some stuff I would, but I can’t. But that doesn’t mean we can’t move forward and have a better relationship. That’s how I look at it. I appreciate it for them giving me a call and inviting me back. That means a lot.”

Dillon’s time with the Bengals didn’t see the team win many games, but Dillon posted some remarkable numbers including a then-record 278 rushing yards on just 22 carries in a 2000 game against the Broncos. Dillon calls the plaque the team gave him to commemorate that game “one of my favorite items” and it seems those happy memories are more prominent the further his playing career recedes into the distance.

25 responses to “Corey Dillon would like to patch things up with Bengals

  1. Not happening, buddy. None of us fans will forget what you said about us when you left. You, Carson and J. Jo can have a party all by yourselves and stay the hell away from the Queen City.

  2. Dillon could have been one of the all time greats on a better team. He was dominant in 2004 with the Patriots, but he was already 30 and he declined significantly after that.

  3. As a close friend of the organization it was always thought that Corey was a class act despite any turmoil that may have happened between my friends in the front office and Mr. Dillon

  4. 34-78 as a Bengal. No winning seasons, no Playoffs.

    I wouldn’t be too worried about mending those fences. That was as bad an organization as this League has ever seen during your career.

  5. This is a tough one. The Bengals would have to embrace how bad they were and how that impacted Dillon for any reconciliation to take place. There is no doubt that had he played his entire career in New England, then we would be talking about an all time great. The Patriots never had one as good before and haven’t had one since.

  6. I never had any ill feeling for Dillon when he left. He was frustrated and tired of losing, as everyone was. I rooted for him as a Patriot because he gave us Bengals fans so many great memories when he played. He always played hard and wanted to win.

  7. “I am a part of their history”
    “I don’t dwell on the past”

    Ok, reasoned yourself out of that one…

  8. Look at his numbers and consistency despite facing 8 man fronts the majority of his time in cincy. Despite this he still managed to break the single game rookie rushing record vs the oilers and the NFL single game rushing record vs the broncos and he also won a super bowl with the pats. He was also considered amongst the top 5 rb’s for most of his career. So tell me, why isn’t he in the hall of fame? His numbers are better than several rb’s in the hall with less prolific stats without a super bowl. i guess sknce he wasn’t buddy buddy with the media he doesn’t even get a sniff for enshrinement.

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    pastabelly says:
    Jul 11, 2017 1:05 PM
    This is a tough one. The Bengals would have to embrace how bad they were and how that impacted Dillon for any reconciliation to take place. There is no doubt that had he played his entire career in New England, then we would be talking about an all time great. The Patriots never had one as good before and haven’t had one since.
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    Ummm, hall of famer Curtis Martin comes to mind, I would take him over Dillon and I like Cory.

  10. It was a long time ago, but I have always thought that Dillon gave the Pats what they needed to win another SB. And, no, I am not a Bengals or Pats fan.

  11. Knowing Mike Brown he will invite Dillon but make him pay his own way for transportation and lodging.

  12. Corey Dillon was so overlooked in his prime.

    Through their first five seasons, Corey Dillon was only 580 yards behind Barry Sanders (6,209 to 6,789). Difference is, Barry put up with the Lions for 10 years and went home. Dillon escaped Cincinnati after 6 and played 43 games with Patriots, getting a career high 1,635 his first year with Hoodie & Brady, and got a ring.

  13. What’s up with Pro Football teams in Ohio chewing up talent and sending them to the unemployment line? I was happy to see Dillon get out of there and go onto earning the ring he deserved. He did his time and Cinnci fans should just be thankful they had him, Palmer, Ocho, and all the like while they did… cuz they’ve done little else to deserve them other than having decent draft status just about every year I’ve been alive… and I’m 41.

  14. blitzinc43 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 12:56 PM
    As a close friend of the organization it was always thought that Corey was a class act despite any turmoil that may have happened between my friends in the front office and Mr. Dillon

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    Don’t you ever get tired of posting the same thing.

  15. aarons444 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 1:01 PM
    34-78 as a Bengal. No winning seasons, no Playoffs.

    I wouldn’t be too worried about mending those fences. That was as bad an organization as this League has ever seen during your career.

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    Agreed. He’s already a part of Patriots lore. There’s no need to grovel and suck up to Bengals fans or ownership.

  16. pastabelly says:
    Jul 11, 2017 1:05 PM
    This is a tough one. The Bengals would have to embrace how bad they were and how that impacted Dillon for any reconciliation to take place. There is no doubt that had he played his entire career in New England, then we would be talking about an all time great. The Patriots never had one as good before and haven’t had one since.
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    Ummm, hall of famer Curtis Martin comes to mind, I would take him over Dillon and I like Cory.

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    Dillon in his prime over Martin for me. Something about Martin was never impressive.

  17. I was fortunate to be at that Thursday night game against Broncos. It was one of the most dominate game by a running back you will ever see. Never question his heart and want to win attitude. Thanks and you are welcomed back by true Bengal fans you along with you were tired of losing!!

  18. I was fortunate to be at that Thursday night game against Broncos. It was one of the most dominate game by a running back you will ever see. Never question his heart and want to win attitude. Thanks and you are welcomed back by true Bengal fans and along with you were tired of losing!!

  19. If you look at their per-season averages, Dillon tops Bettis in every category, including YPC. They both have a ring, but Dillon played a huge role for the Pats, while Bettis was washed up and along for the ride. Lets be honest…Bettis is in over Dillon for 3 reasons, and none of them have anything to do with him being better.

    1. CD only played 10 years, while Bettis hung around past his prime to stat pad.
    2. Bettis was a Steeler while CD wasted his prime on a team no one cared about.
    3. Bettis was loved by media and CD…wasn’t.

  20. natijim185 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 10:12 PM
    I was fortunate to be at that Thursday night game against Broncos. It was one of the most dominate game by a running back you will ever see. Never question his heart and want to win attitude. Thanks and you are welcomed back by true Bengal fans you along with you were tired of losing!!
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    The Thursday Night game was in 97 against the oilers and he broke Jim Brown’s rookie rushing record that night. I was there as well. The broncos game was a sunday afternoon game in Cincy when he broke Walter Payton’s record.

    Dillon faced a stacked box every game and was still dominant. Broke all-time records on a team that had no QB threat of any kind (Except Esiason at the end of 97). Corey Dillon is an all-time great and it’s a shame his bust isn’t in Canton.

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