CINCINNATI — The Bengals are introducing a Ring of Honor this season. Fans, former players and media members have been calling for them to recognize past greats. They're finally getting their wish.
Four prominent figures will be inducted, including Paul Brown and Anthony Munoz. Season ticket holders will vote on the other two members of the inaugural class.
Owner and team President Mike Brown discussed the Ring of Honor with Dan Hoard on the Bengals Booth Podcast.
"The public wants it and on a personal level my granddaughter who works for us now, Elizabeth (Blackburn), she's pretty keen on what the public wants and she told me so. So we're going to go forward with this," Brown said. "I might've had thoughts about why it might wait for later, but we're going forward and the public has reacted very well. They appreciate the fact that we're going to have it and the old players like it. That's the part that has meant the most to me. They really perked up their ears when this started. They want to be involved with it. It is something that gets their interest. So we'll try to do it right. I think it'll be well received. We're going to make it a process that goes on for a number of years and we're gradually going to build up the players who are included as the years go on, but it'll be fun as we go through it."
Elizabeth Blackburn's influence clearly mattered in the decision to create a Ring of Honor this season. It's good to see Brown being willing and open to change, even if he wasn't on board with the idea initially.
Listen to Hoard's entire conversation with Brown below.
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