The Cincinnati Bengals – An Illustrated Timeline #MegaChristmas22

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Whether you are a seasoned Bengals fan or a newcomer to the Jungle this book is great for you or the fan in your life. Growing up watching the Bengals and having players like Esiason, Collinsworth and Munoz to watch it was very exciting! The Timeline book of The Cincinnati Bengals would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season. Display it out on your coffee table when you have a football party, your guests will love it! 

They shocked the NFL with their run to Super Bowl LVI in 2022, reigniting the team’s fanbase and making a new generation of devoted fans. Sparked by Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase’s exciting play, Bengaldom roared the loudest since Boomer Esiason and the Ickey Shuffle rocked the Jungle. In The Cincinnati Bengals: An Illustrated Timeline, authors Jeff Suess and Rick Pender serve as guides for fans young and old to the biggest games and greatest players that shaped the history of the Bengals franchise. Through the photos, stories, and descriptions of the timeline you will meet the most celebrated players to wear the stripes and the young stars of the dynamic 2021 team that took the league by storm.

About The Authors: 

Rick Pender:

A Cincinnati journalist, author, radio interviewer, step-on tour guide, and urban resident, Rick Pender has covered and promoted events and arts for nearly four decades. You can read his columns, features, and reviews in the newsweekly Cincinnati CityBeat (or online at, hear his interviews on WVXU-FM, and enjoy his theater commentaries on Facebook at Rick Pender’s Theater Stages & Scenes. He also keeps everyone up to date about the contents of this book via 100ThingsCincy on Facebook.

Jeff Suess:

Jeff Suess is the author of Lost Cincinnati, Hidden History of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Then and Now. He is the librarian of the Cincinnati Enquirer, where he keeps the newspaper archive and writes about Cincinnati history. He regularly does presentations on local history and leads discussions on graphic novels at the Mercantile Library. Jeff also writes fiction and has had stories published by Pocket Books, Post Mortem Press, and DC Comics.

Jeff grew up in Modesto, California, and graduated from San Francisco State University. He lives in White Oak on Cincinnati’s West Side with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter, Dashiell.

  • Wait! There was a Bengals team back in 1937?
    Yes, indeed. They played for a few seasons. Hal Pennington was the coach; he’d had success with a local amateur team, the “Cincinnati Model Shoes.” The record in year one was 2-4-2. The team’s final game was against the New York Americans at Yankee Stadium, Nov. 30, 1941.
  • What was the team concept for the competing bid for a Cincinnati pro football team and who would have been its coach?
    John “Socko” Wiethe played for the original Bengals in the 1930s. He proposed a franchise called “The Romans” and had Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant lined up as the head coach.
  • Where and in what league did the Bengals play their first two seasons?
    They played at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium and competed in the American Football League. They won their home opener on Sept. 15, 1968, against the Denver Broncos, 24-10. Paul Brown was promised that the AFL and the NFL would merge, which they did in 1970.
  • Who called Paul Brown “the greatest coach in the history of professional football, clear and simple”?
    It was Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who added, “Everything I do today, Paul Brown did. It all started with Paul Brown. He took football from being a sport to a profession.”

The Cincinnati Bengals: An Illustrated Timeline is available on Amazon, Reedy Press and wherever you buy your favorite books. 


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