|The Cincinnati Bengals franchise was formed in 1968 in the last years of the AFL. The team's first owner was Paul Brown, the legendary coach that had formerly been with the Cleveland Browns. Brown coached the team for its first three seasons. When the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, the Bengals became a part of the expanded league.
The Bengals fielded competitive squads throughout the 1970s but only made the playoffs three times. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, in the 1970s the AFC was dominated by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders.
The 1980s were a much stronger decade for the Bengals, as the team was established as one of the best in the AFC. The Bengals made it as far as the Super Bowl twice in the decade, losing both times to the San Francisco 49ers. In the Bengals' first trip to the Super Bowl in 1982 they lost 26-21. The Bengals returned in 1989, this time losing 20-16 to the 49ers.
Following the 1990 season, the Bengals suffered through 14 straight seasons without a winning record. Since 1991 the Bengals have made the playoffs only once (in 2005), yet have recently become a more competitive team with the addition of such talented players as quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Chad Johnson.
Hall of Famers:
Paul Brown, Owner (1968-1991)
Anthony Muñoz, Offensive Tackle (1980-1992)
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