Category Archives: Cincinnati Bengals

An Interview with the Dolphins and Bengals John Stofa

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#048 – John Stofa

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my first audio interview, which I did with former Texans and Chiefs linebacker, Smokey Stover.

Here is the second interview that I did that day, this one with former Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, John Stofa.  John had a fascinating AFL career in that he led both of the league’s expansion franchises during their inaugural seasons.  So sit back and begin your weekend a bit early with this conversation with John Stofa. read more

A Tactical Move That Backfired

Guest blogger, Buzz Ponce, is in the process of writing what will certainly be a book of great interest for fans of the American Football League.  Finding Frank: Full Circle in a Life Cut Short is about the too-short life of Chargers and Bengals linebacker, Frank Buncom.  Ponce graciously provides excerpts of his upcoming work for our enjoyment.

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Frank Buncom

In circumstances mostly beyond his control, Frank Buncom’s life jumped and swerved in a dramatically different direction in early 1968. read more

1968-70 Partridge Meats Cincinnati Bengals Cards

Bob Trumpy Partridge Meats cardI recently picked up this card of Cincinnati Bengals tight end, Bob Trumpy.  The card comes from a rather obscure set that was distributed in the Cincinnati area, by Partridge Meats.  The Beckett website had the following notes on this series:

This black and white (with a little bit of red trim) photo-like card set features players from all three Cincinnati major league sports teams of that time, Cincinnati Reds baseball (BB1-BB18), Cincinnati Bengals football (FB1-FB5), and Cincinnati Royals basketball (BK1-BK2). The cards measure approximately 4″ by 5″, although there are other sizes sometimes found which are attributable to other years of issue. The cards are blank backed. In addition to the cards listed below, a “Mr. Whopper” card was also issued in honor of an extremely large spokesperson. The Tom Rhoads football card was only recently verified, in 2012, adding to the prevailing thought that these cards were issued over a period of years since its format is slightly different than the other four more well-known football cards in the set. read more

1969 Tresler Comet Cincinnati Bengals set

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In 1969, football fans in the Cincinnati area could receive a set of free football cards featuring the hometown Bengals that were being given away at Tresler Comet gas stations.  This 20-card set had an orange and brown sepia appearance, with a facsimile autograph, and was printed on a thin card stock.   The cards measured the standard 2.5″ x 3.5″.

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The card backs contain various biographical and statistical information, as well as a Tresler Comet logo, and a sketch of a bengal tiger running with a football.  There is a note to “Hear all the Bengals games on WLW radio, sponsored by Tresler Comet.”   The bottom of the card backs features an offer to “get the complete set of Bengal’s football cards FREE at your TC dealers.”  There is one error in the set.  The Charlie King card is mistakenly spelled  “Charley” on the back. read more

>1969 AFL Rookies of the Year – Greg Cook & Carl Garrett

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The American Football League had two rookies of the year in 1969, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Greg Cook, and the Boston Patriots running back, Carl Garrett. Greg Cook, a strapping 6’4″, 220-lb quarterback with the University of Cincinnati, was the fifth players selected overall in the 1969 draft, taken by the Cincinnati Bengals.  Cook immediately took over the starting quarterback position with the Bengals, and though a shoulder injury initially kept him out of three games, he still threw for 1,854 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Cook averaged a phenomenal 18 yards-per-completion in 1969, 9.41 yards-per-attempt, and was named an AFL Rookie of the Year.  Despite his success, Cook’s shoulder underwent several surgeries over the years, and he was never the same.  In fact, Greg Cook only played in one more professional game in his career.  In 1973, Cook entered a game and threw three passes, completing only one, for 11 yards.  He remained a member of the Bengals through 1974, but never played again. Greg Cook passed away in January, 2012, due to complications with pneumonia.  “Greg was the single most talented player we’ve ever had with the Bengals,” said Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. “His career was tragically short due to the injury. Had he been able to stay healthy, I believe he would have been the player of his era in the NFL.”

Carl Garrett, a running back out of New Mexico Highlands, was selected by the Boston Patriots in the third round of the 1969 draft, the 58th player taken overall. Garrett made an immediate impact on an otherwise lackluster Patriots offense. He rushed 137 times for 691 yards and five touchdowns, and led the AFL with a 5.0 yards-per-attempt average. He also had 29 receptions for 267 yards and two scores. Among his post-season honors were playing in the AFL All-Star Game, and being named Rookie of the Year, along with Greg Cook. read more