After ESPN The Magazine ranked the Bengals as the worst pro sports franchise in North America, former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason said that ranking was a no-brainer.
Now Dave Rimington, the center who snapped the ball to Esiason in Cincinnati, has said the same.
Rimington, the two-time Outland Trophy winner who’s widely regarded as the best center in college football history, had a somewhat disappointing NFL career after the Bengals chose him in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft. Rimington told ESPN.com it was difficult adjusting from playing at Nebraska to playing in Cincinnati.
“I went from one of the best organizations in college football to probably one of the worst organizations in the NFL,” Rimington said. “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 said he was stunned by the things he had to endure with the Bengals.
“It was ridiculous the stuff we had to go through there,” he said. “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.”
It was almost a quarter of a century ago that Rimington left the Bengals. The perceptions of the franchise, however, have not changed.