Former Bengals great Ken Riley dies

Riley is top five in NFL history in career interceptions

Former Bengals great Ken Riley dies

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ken Riley, a cornerback who spent his entire 15-year career with the Bengals and was a three-time All-Pro, has died at the age of 72.

Selected in the sixth round of the 1969 NFL Draft, the Bengals converted the college quarterback to cornerback as a professional.

In 15 seasons, Riley intercepted 65 passes, tied with Charles Woodson for fifth most in NFL history, and was selected as an All-Pro three times.

“Everybody here loved Kenny. He had everyone’s respect. He was a success with us, and after his playing career as a coach and athletic director at Florida A&M," said Bengals team president Mike Brown in a statement.

“When he came here, Kenny and Lemar Parrish had never played cornerback, and they’re the two best we’ve ever had. And we’ve had a lot of good ones. We put him over there for a decade and a half and we didn’t have to worry about it. Kenny was quick to the point of the ball as a great interceptor and he was an excellent tackler, even though he wasn’t a very big man.

“I’m going to miss him. He was a good guy and a solid man. We send our condolences to his family.”

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