Originally posted on Draft Board Insider  |  Last updated 6/6/12

Every NFL Franchise has it’s own pantheon of football gods. That group of players who are not only historic in terms of talent, but even more than that, these are the players who you have to talk about when you tell the story of your team. This is part of a 32 article series where I tell you who I would put among that elite group. For this, it’s Mt. Rushmore. 4 players only. The 4 heads you would carve on a mountain that would live forever as the greatest in franchise history.

Now, I don’t profess to know the history of every franchise in the league. So, I did my research. And part of that was reaching out to you fans. But if you don’t agree with the 4 guys I have selected, come find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nfldraftboard and let me hear what you think.

Cincinnati Bengals-In a historical sense, the Bengals may be best known for being on the wrong end of 2 of the worst Super Bowl losses in NFL history. But that doesn’t impact the fact that they have had a lot of really great and colorful players who every NFL fans knows and recognizes.

Cincinnati Bengals

1. Anthony Munoz, OT-Greatest offensive lineman of all time. It’s really that simple. Munoz is probably the most beloved player in Bengals history, and probably the easiest choice I made in all 32 articles in this series. In fact if I were doing a Mt. Rushmore of the 4 greatest players in NFL history, Munoz might be on that mountain as well.

2. Corey Dillon, RB-When you think of best player on a bad team, Dillon is the guy. Consummate professional who grabbed his lunch pail and came out and ran hard week after week, year after year for bad teams and unlike today’s players, never complained.

3. Ken Anderson, QB-I went back and forth here between Anderson and Boomer Esiason so I consulted some serious Bengals fans and although both guys led their teams to Super Bowls(ironically both losses to the 49ers), they all said that if they had to put one on the mountain Anderson was their guy.

4. Chad Ochocinco, WR-Like him or not when most people think of Bengals players, that 85 and his antics, which sometimes involved impressive football plays comes to mind. I’m not sure Ochocinco was ever the best player in the league at his position, but without a doubt he’s the greatest wide out in Bengals history and one of the most important figures in their franchise.

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