Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon is frustrated he hasn’t been inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor yet.
“It’s damn near criminal what (Bengals Ring of Honor voters) are pulling off, to be honest with you,” Dillon told Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.
Season-ticket holders vote on Bengals Ring of Honor inductees. Two more honorees will be announced later this month, and Dillon is expected to be snubbed again.
“Did I not play for them? I don’t know, bro. I’m curious about that. Because it looks like they are glossing over me. For what reason? Because I left? That’s not a good enough reason,” Dillon said.
He added: “I’m pretty sure they will put f—–g Jon Kitna in there before they put me. Matter of fact, Scott Mitchell will end up in that motherf—-r before I do.”
Dillon played seven seasons with the Bengals and is the team’s all-time leading rusher. He broke Jim Brown’s rookie single-game rushing record when he ran for 246 yards against the Tennessee Oilers in 1997.
The four-time Pro Bowler also broke Walter Payton’s single-game rushing record with 278 yards against the Denver Broncos in 2000. Adrian Peterson broke that record in 2007.
He also hasn’t been seriously considered for the Hall of Fame. Dillon’s never been a semifinalist for the prestigious honor but has the numbers to make a strong case: He’s one of six running backs in the Super Bowl era to collect at least four 1,110 rushing-yard seasons.
“I’m not one of these borderline guys sitting on my ass reminiscing, talking about, ‘Oh, if I had this, shoulda, coulda, woulda.’ No. I’m justified,” Dillon said about not being considered for the Hall of Fame.
He won a Super Bowl with New England Patriots in 2004. That year, he ran for 1,635 yards, his most in a single season.
Dillon had 11,241 rushing yards and 82 touchdowns in 150 career games.
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