Riley played his entire 15-year career at cornerback for the Bengals from 1969 to 1983 and was inducted into the franchise’s Ring of Honor last year.
A quarterback in college, he adapted to his new position as a pro quickly, intercepting four passes as a rookie. He would record at least one interception each season, finishing with 65 for his career – still tied for the fifth-highest total in NFL history and ranked second to “Night Train” Lane’s 68 for defensive backs who played exclusively at corner.
Known for both his cover skills and ability to support run defenses, Riley played 207 games and remained productive in his final season, recording eight interceptions, including two that he returned for touchdowns, and earning a spot on the AP All-Pro first team. Former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson was among the other nine players the Seniors Committee discussed at its meeting.