Cincinnati Bengals Team History
Professional football returned to Cincinnati Ohio in 1967 when Paul Brown headed an ownership group which landed an expansion franchise in the modern-era American Football League.
Brown, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who founded and coached the Cleveland Browns from 1946-62, picked the name Bengals for the new team "to give it a link with past professional football in Cincinnati." Hundreds of names were suggested by fans in an effort to name the new Cincinnati team, the most popular being Buckeyes. It was rejected to avoid confusion with the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Bengals began play in the AFL in 1968. The AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, and the Bengals have been members ever since.
The Cincinnati Bengals are a member of the AFC North division.
Cincinnati Bengals Chronological History
Cincinnati Bengals Franchise Information
- Franchise Granted: 1968
- First Season: 1968
- Franchise History:
- 1968 - 1969 Cincinnati Bengals (AFL)
- 1970 - Present (NFL)
Paul Brown selected the name because there had once been a pro football team in Cincinnati named the Bengals and adopting that name "would provide a link with past professional football in Cincinnati."
Cincinnati Bengals - Stadium
One Paul Brown StadiumCincinnati, Ohio 45202
Opened Sept. 10, 2000
Phone (513) 621-3550
Fax (513) 621-3570
Previous StadiumsNippert Stadium (26,500) 1968-69
Cinergy Field (60,389) 1970-99
** Renamed to Riverfront Stadium 1970-96
Conference Championships1981 (AFC), 1988 (AFC)
Division Championships1981 (AFC North), 1988 (AFC North)
Wild Card Wins1990 (AFC North)
Years in Playoffs1970, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1990, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Retired Numbers#54 Bob Johnson
Hall of Fame Members
Gisele McDonaldKansas City Chiefs fan - Oaklahoma City
Crystal BurrowsDallas Cowboys fan - Austin Texas
Jillian SamuelsDallas Cowboys fan - Dallas
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