Anthony Munoz and Cris Collinsworth are both 57 years old, and both spent their entire NFL careers with the Cincinnati Bengals. Munoz, the third overall pick in 1980, played there from 1980 to 1992, while Collinsworth, a second-round pick, played there from 1981 to 1988. They played in two Super Bowls together, ultimately losing both to the San Francisco 49ers by a combined nine points.
In any event, the two were – and are – close friends, and Munoz, perhaps the greatest offensive lineman of all time, isn’t at all surprised that Collinsworth, perhaps the most recognizable NFL voice in the business, has had so much success after his playing career.
“First of all, I remember at least one time we taped him to the training table, so he was quite a talker,” Munoz said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “He was unbelievable. Had that Southern drawl, just a great personality. Not only a great personality, but the kid was just tough. You looked at him, he was tall, he was lean, but he was fast, and you saw right away that he had something special in him as a person and as a football player and personality.”
Collinsworth, who was born in Dayton but grew up in Florida and played for the Gators, had 417 catches for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons. His best season came in 1986 when he had 62 catches for 1,024 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“Being a Cincinnati Bengal, it’s in the Midwest and it’s run under Paul Brown. That was a little outside of what I think a lot of people were used to here, but it was great,” said Munoz, a California native who starred at USC. “But he came in as a rookie. He was (our second-round) pick. Our No. 1 pick was a wide receiver (David Verser), our No. 2 pick was a wide receiver and our No. 2 pick ends up being the star. But we knew that he would be successful after football in whatever he did. It doesn’t surprise me, and I’m sure it doesn’t surprise a lot of this former teammates that he’s doing so well as an analyst.”