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Bengals great Coy Bacon dead at 66

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bacon1977.jpgBengals great Coy Bacon, labeled "a fierce pass rusher" by the Associated Press, has died. He was 66.

Bacon, a defensive end, played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1968-72 before he was traded to the Bengals for wide receiver Charlie Joiner.

Bengals owner Mike Brown said in a statement:

"Coy was a tremendous player for the Bengals, the greatest pass rusher our team has ever had. After he left the team, he worked hard to make life better for youths in the Ironton area. What he did was admirable, something all of us respect."

Bacon died in his hometown of Ironton, Ohio.

Coy Bacon dies at 66 [LA Times

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AS a friend of Coy's, I have seen the work he has done with the youth in our community. HE will forever be remembered not only as a great football player but a great man. It's a shame that the sports world has not given him the recognition he deserves even with his passing. Coy I thank you for the times you had taken me and my brother to Bengals football games and just enjoying watching our faces as Tim, Brown, Marcus Allen, Howie Long and Art Shell just to name a few take the time to autograph our items even after being defeated. He was a big kindhearted giant that never looked at the color of ones skin. HE loved us all and we love him...

God Bless You Coy....

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