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Former Cincinnati Red enters Pro Football Hall of Fame

August 10, 2011
1997 Studio Silver Press Proof No. 134

There was a portion of the 1990s when the Cincinnati Reds produced more pro bowl football players then the Cincinnati Bengals.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the Reds have sent nearly as many players to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton over the last 30 years as the lowly Bungals.

With Deion Sanders’ enshrinement in Canton over the weekend, the Reds are now challenging the Bengals for football supremacy in the Queen City.

As insulting as it is that Cincinnati’s baseball team has better gridiron talent than its own NFL team, there was speculation that Sanders was actually open to playing with the Bengals. He even offered up a plan to play for the Bengals in 2000, according the Cincinnati Enquirer. The price tag was a factor, however according to the report.

In the waning years of the David Shula/Bruse Coslet/Dick Lebeau era, putting Prime Time in stripes could have at least helped up the Bengals win a few games. However I guess team owner Mike Brown preferred having Tom Carter, Rodney Heath and Artrell Hawkins in his secondary rather than one of the game’s all-time great corners.

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