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Willie Anderson and Isaac Curtis Enshrined in Cincinnati Bengals Ring of Honor

Two legends entered the Ring of Honor on Thursday night.

Two legends were commemorated into Bengals History Thursday night.

The team held their Ring of Honor induction ceremony during halftime of the Bengals and Dolphins game. Willie Anderson and Isaac Curtis were this year's inductees.

Anderson and Curtis joined Paul Brown, Anthony Muñoz, Ken Anderson, and Ken Riley in Bengals royalty as the best to ever wear stripes or represent the team.

Their names and numbers were unveiled on the East facade of Paycor Stadium and given their custom-fit and designed Ring of Honor jackets.

Anderson is one of the most underrated offensive tackles of all-time. He was a four-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler. Hall of Famer Michael Strahan called Anderson the “best right tackle" of his generation.

He was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 1996 draft. He went on to play 181 games for Cincinnati, 8th most in franchise history.

Anderson anchored the Bengals offensive line for twelve years (1996-2007). He played 15 games against Hall of Fame pass rushers and only allowed one sack. Bruce Smith beat him for a sack. He's the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks with 200.

The former right tackle helped pave the way for Corey Dillon to record six consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons. Rudi Johnson posted three consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns.

Curtis is the Godfather of the line of great receivers in the franchise's history.

He played for the Bengals from 1973 to 1984. The four-time Pro Bowler holds the team record for average yards per reception (17.07), third in both career receiving yards (7,101) and 100-yard games (20), and fourth in receiving touchdowns (53).

The former receiver had the total package in terms of size, speed, and hands. Due to his speed and playmaking abilities, opposing defenses would push Curtis out of bounds, bump, and hold him in an attempt to slow him down. At the time in 1973, defenders could make contact and hit anywhere on the field.

After repeated offenses, Paul Brown convinced other NFL owners to change the current regulation. "The Isaac Curtis Rule" was born; a defender is allowed to block a receiver within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. After the initial 5 yards, any contact will be considered holding. The holding penalty results in a 5-yard penalty and an automatic first down.

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