Getting into any sports hall of fame is no easy accomplishment, as not just statistics are considered, so too is character on and off the field. Even then, it is no guarantee that prestigious honor will be bestowed upon those deserving. Such is the situation with Bartow native Ken Riley.
As an NFL player who spent his entire 15-year playing career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Riley posted impressive statistics. From 1969 to 1983, as a cornerback, he intercepted 65 passes that he returned for 596 yards and five touchdowns. Also among other accomplishments, on three separate occasions, he intercepted a pass three times in a game. He led the league three times in interceptions.
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