Mark Curnutte offers the latest on the Cincinnati Bengals

Mark Curnutte started covering the Bengals and the NFL for The Enquirer in 2000. He previously wrote about urban affairs and other social issues for the Enquirer. He won the prestigious 1994 Unity Award from Lincoln University (Missouri) for "A Polite Silence," a seven-day series about race relations in Greater Cincinnati. He also has worked as an assistant features editor and features writer at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Curnutte is second vice president and a three-year board member of the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). He is a 1984 Miami University graduate.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Catching up with Reggie Williams

The New York Times featured former Bengals linebacker Reggie Williams recently in a story detailing his post-football medical problems. The link is above.


at 5/15/2008 4:16 PM Blogger michaelfpierce said...

I had no idea that Reggie had been through all of the knee problems. Why don't we hear more about our former players?

at 5/15/2008 11:27 PM Blogger Dave said...

We don't hear much about the classy former ones cuz the idiots we have now hog the spotlight - I've read more on Chad Johnson's not playing this year than I have on Carson Palmer's leading this team, how sad. It's good to hear Reggie is in good spirits, as he was a class-act and an asset to Cincinnati his entire career (political one included). I hope he recovers and does well for another 30+ years.

at 5/16/2008 10:07 AM Blogger A Fan said...

Mark w/ all due respect this story appeared an blogs 4 days ago. Why the delay in posting? It is sad enough that as an Enquirer subscriber I see articles in the Enquirer that showed in USA Today days prior but I understand that is to protect the parent companies paper. But why do we have to wait on Bengal news?
Are fans to make your blog the last stop for news instead of the first?

Robert Young

at 5/18/2008 5:23 PM Blogger Da Phoenixx said...

Mark, why waste your time posting a feel good story like this on here? Cincinnati only likes to bash current players, not show love for former superstars.....the exact type of guy we claim to want on this team today.

at 5/19/2008 10:59 AM Blogger hey hey redlegs said...

Hey Mark, I just heard that they cut Odell b/c he wasn't there for OTAs. Wasn't he in GA for his grandmother's (the last member of his immediate family) funeral. If this is true this is pretty bushleague by the bengals. They better be real sure that the linebackers they have a going to be legit. This is stupid, at least give the kid a chance. they aren't even mandatory yet! why not cut tj or chad or levi or anyone else that wasn't at VOLUNTARY camp. stupid

at 5/19/2008 10:02 PM Blogger Benji said...

When I think of Reggie Williams I flash back to a time when I hosted a program on WCIN called "Monday nite celebrities". I would invite local celebs from different areas to come in and bring their favorite music and whatever else they wanted to create their own atmosphere on the air. Reggie came in with such ethereal music an high-powered readings that I feel the audience had grown another five inches of hair just listening. He also had an extensive collection of hands. Sculptured hands, different types of artwork depicting hands in different positions. I think he told me it grew out of his learning sign language because of a hearing problem he has. He is what I consider one heck of a gentleman...I pray for a quick recovery and wish the best for him.

at 5/21/2008 3:28 PM Blogger R.L.Hamilton said...

I worked for Reggie when he served on City Council, and your bloggers are right. He was a class act, on and off the field. A champion for children and staying drug free. I fondly remember his impromptu recitals of a favorite poem, Invictus. This showed his passion for life and no matter where he was, he'd quote this poem, line by line walking through the halls of City Hall, loudly. He chose to mentor younger players like Joe Kelly and made friends for life, Teammates called him the General for a reason. Players today, don't have these mentoring relationships, or simply don't take advantage of what the veterans have to offer them. He truly is the Captain on his Soul. Rhonda Hamilton

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