Two former members of the Cincinnati Bengals will be honored in July by being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN. Charles Alexander and Greg Myers will join 16 other players and coaches in being enshrined into college football history.
Charles Alexander was the Bengals first round draft choice in 1979 out of LSU. While in Baton Rouge, Alexander was named an All-American twice and was a Heisman Trophy finalist his junior and senior season, losing out to Billy Sims and Charles White. Alexander rushed for over 4000 yards for his career and scored 40 touchdowns.
Alexander played all seven of seasons of his NFL career with the Bengals, rushing for 2645 yards and 13 touchdowns. His best season as a Bengals came in 1980 when he rushed for 702 yards and two touchdowns, starting all 16 games.
He never quite lived up to his first round promise, however. When the Bengals acquired James Brooks from San Diego in 1984, Alexander's carries diminished and his career came to an end. Alexander will be forever remembered in Bengals' lore for running a pass route a yard too short against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI. His inability to find the end zone contributed to the Niners legendary goal line stand that denied Cincinnati a Super Bowl victory.
Greg Myers was a fifth round pick at cornerback out of Colorado St. in 1996. Myers made the club by virtue of his tenacity on special teams and moved into a starting position in the secondary in 1997. He was a hard-hitting free safety with Cincinnati who also returned punts.
Myers played 58 games in four years as a Bengals before finishing his career in Dallas. He had four interceptions and four fumble recoveries during his time in Cincinnati. In 1997 he recorded 82 tackles, second on the team.
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