The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football franchise based in Cincinnati. The Bengals compete in the National Football League. The club’s home stadium is Paul Brown Stadium, located in downtown Cincinnati.

An important part of the Cincinnati defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Bengals LBs include Brian Simmons, James Francis, Rey Maualuga, and Landon Johnson.

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the current Cincinnati Bengals starting LBs and backup LBs are Brandon Bell, Vontaze Burfict, Jordan Evans, Carl Lawson, Hardy Nickerson Jr., Vincent Rey, and Nick Vigil.

Here is a list of all the greatest linebackers for the Cincinnati Bengals;

Cincinnati Bengals Greatest Linebackers

Reginald Williams

 (born September 19, 1954) is a former professional American football player. He is a member of the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame, the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Williams served three years on the Cincinnati City Council.

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976

Jim LeClair

James Michael LeClair (born October 30, 1950) is a former professional American football linebacker who played 12 seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals and later in the USFL with the New Jersey Generals.

In 1981, he was a starting linebacker on the Bengals team which won the AFC Championship Game dubbed “The Freezer Bowl”, the coldest game in NFL history, won by the Bengals over the San Diego Chargers, 27–7. He then played in Super Bowl XVI, which the Bengals lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 26–21.

Seasons: 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

Glenn Cameron

Glenn Scott Cameron (born February 21, 1953) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. Cameron played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL

Cameron was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round (14th pick overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft, and he spent his entire eleven-year NFL career with the Bengals, playing from 1975 to 1985.

He played in 159 games, started in eighty-four of them, intercepted five passes, and recovered three fumbles.
Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978

James Francis

James Henry Francis is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Baylor University and was drafted in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Seasons: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990


Brian Simmons

Brian Eugene Simmons is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of North Carolina, and earned All-American honors.

Seasons: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

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