Bengals adding Willie Anderson, Isaac Curtis to their Ring of Honor

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The Bengals have announced the latest additions to their Ring of Honor.

The team will induct tackle Willie Anderson and wide receiver Isaac Curtis into the group at halftime of their September 29 game against the Dolphins. They were selected for induction by a vote of season ticket holders.

Anderson was a first-round pick in 1996 and started 173 games during his 12 years in Cincinnati. He was a three-time first-team All-Pro and a four-time Pro Bowler.

Curtis was a 1973 first-rounder and he spent his entire 12-year career with the Bengals. He had 416 catches for 7,101 yards and 53 touchdowns over that span.

“These are two of our finest all-time players,” Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. “Willie was as good a right offensive tackle as you could draw up. He had it all — strength, movement and attitude. Isaac had incredible speed along with great hands. This is evidence for how our fans felt about Isaac during his career. They knew he was special. The Bengals are fortunate to have both of these outstanding players in the Ring of Honor.”

Quarterback Ken Anderson, team founder/head coach Paul Brown, tackle Anthony Munoz, and cornerback Ken Riley are the other players in the Bengals Ring of Honor.

9 responses to “Bengals adding Willie Anderson, Isaac Curtis to their Ring of Honor

  1. Willie Anderson is insanely underrated. He played on terrible teams and most of his career was wasted in anonymity. Had he played during today’s PFF and other grading service eras, he’d probably be headed to the Hall.

  2. Had it not been for injuries, Curtis easily would have made the HOF. Like Cliff Branch and Harold Jackson, a dangerous deep threat, who helped change the rules to help offenses.

  3. Wait – only season ticket holders were permitted to vote on Ring of Honor inductees? Because ordinary, hard-working Bengals fans who follow the team zealously but can only afford to go to a game or two a year couldn’t figure it out?

    The very definition of elitism and entitlement.

  4. I recall Isaac Curtis. He was really good and badly underutilized. He played 12 seasons and never had one where he caught more than 47 passes. And he didn’t exactly play during the “dark ages” of football.
    Could have been a HOFer if he played for Don Coryell or Al Davis.

  5. There is a famous fingertip catch by Isaac Curtis against the Steelers that should be on every all-time highlight collection out there.

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