08) Ken Riley

Ken Riley is fifth overall on the NFL’s all-time interceptions list, and oddly, was never even voted to a Pro Bowl, making him one of the most overlooked greats.

My eighth response in the Gratitude to Greats project was from 70s Bengals interception ace, a forgotten great, Ken Riley. “The Rattler” is fifth on the NFL’s all-time interception list with 65 picks. However, amazingly, he is not only one of only two of the top eight on the all-time interceptions list to not be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but Riley was never even discussed as a finalist OR semifinalist during his modern-era eligibility!

Riley took the time to wish me the best of luck with my treatments and assured me that with God, all things are possible.

I was saddened beyond words to get the tragic news of “The Rattler”‘s passing on June 7, 2020 at the age of 72. I will forever be grateful to Ken for taking the time out of busy schedule to share his faith in my recovery from cancer.

I took the time to send a memorial donation to Ken’s foundation recently.

Anyone who is interested in making a memorial donation can do so via the Ken Riley Foundation by visiting https://www.kenriley13.org/, and donating via Visa, Mastercard, AmEX, or Discover.

On behalf of all the great Bengals fans, thanks for the memories, and Rest in Peace, Rattler.


Published by gratitudetogreats

I am a stage 2 squamous cell cancer survivor who did a project to not just celebrate my victory, but celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NFL and the many greats who built that great institution called Gratitude to Greats. This is where I chronicle my responses from where I sent NFL greats my letters and emails...

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