Anthony Muñoz

Michael Anthony Muñoz (born August 19, 1958), is a former American football offensive tackle who played 13 seasons for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals. Muñoz is widely considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history.[1] He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Anthony Muñoz
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Muñoz in 2004
No. 78
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:August 19, 1958 (age 60)
Ontario, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:278 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school:Ontario (CA) Chaffey
NFL Draft:1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:185
Games started:182
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life and college career

Muñoz went to Chaffey High School in Ontario, California. He played college football at the University of Southern California. He also played baseball there, pitching for USC's national championship team in 1978.[2]

NFL career

Muñoz was the third overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. His selection was viewed as a major risk by many pundits since knee problems limited the 6 ft. 6 in., 280-pound Muñoz to just a combined sixteen games in his junior and senior seasons, though he did return for USC's 17–16 Rose Bowl win over Ohio State University on New Year's Day in 1980.

However, Muñoz became a starter in his rookie season and remained a fixture at left tackle for the Bengals for 13 seasons and is considered one of, if not the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history. Despite his history of injuries, Muñoz missed just three games during his first 12 seasons. His rigorous workout routine included working out in the weight room he had installed in his home and running three to four miles every day.[3] In addition to his talents as a blocker, Anthony Muñoz was also a capable receiver, notching seven receptions for 18 yards and scoring four touchdowns on tackle-eligible plays, including one in 1984 from rookie quarterback Boomer Esiason against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland.

Muñoz played both Bengals' Super Bowl appearances, XVI and XXIII, both narrow losses to the San Francisco 49ers.

After missing much of the 1992 season battling knee and shoulder injuries, Muñoz attempted to play a 14th season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he was released before the season started and decided to retire shortly after.

Muñoz was the Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981, and 1988, and was awarded the NFL Players Association Lineman of the Year honors in 1981, 1985, 1988, and 1989.[4] The NFL Alumni Association voted Munoz the Offensive Lineman of the Year four times (1987, 1989–1991).[4] He won the Seagram's Seven Crowns of Sports award for Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981 and 1986.

At the time of his retirement, his Pro Bowl selections were tied with Tom Mack for the most ever by an offensive lineman in league history, and also set the Bengals franchise record as well. In 1994, Muñoz was named to the National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1999, he was ranked #17 on Sporting News' list of the 100 greatest football players and was the highest-ranked offensive lineman.[5] In 2010, he was ranked #12 on the NFL Network's The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players list and again was the highest-ranked offensive lineman.

Movies and television

Muñoz appeared in two motion pictures: 1980's Borderline as "Guatemalan" and 1983's The Right Stuff (an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture) as "Gonzalez".[6]

From 1994 to 1995, Muñoz served as a color commentator on Fox Sports' NFL telecasts and has for many years been color commentator for TV broadcasts of Bengals' preseason games.

Honors and later activities

In 1998, Anthony Muñoz was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the first Cincinnati Bengals player to be enshrined. Shortly after receiving the honor, Muñoz's hometown of Ontario, California renamed its Colony Park "Anthony Muñoz Hall of Fame Park". The renaming ceremony was held on June 26, 1998, and was attended by Muñoz, his family, city officials, and Ontario residents.[7] The park, coincidentally, is the place where Muñoz met his wife DeDe after a pickup softball game during his youth.

In 2002, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation was created to consolidate Muñoz's charitable activities and encourages area individuals and businesses to "...impact area youth mentally, physically and spiritually".[8] In 2004, Muñoz served on a panel to select the year's recipient of the Walter Payton Award. On November 14, 2012, Allstate dedicated a Hometown Hall of Famers plaque to Muñoz at Chaffey High School.[9] On October 8, 2015, Muñoz would receive the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Medallion of Excellence for his contributions to the Hispanic community.[10]

Muñoz attended a celebrity flag-football game at Candlestick Park, the last event before the demolition of the stadium in 2014. He describes the event:

The final touchdown pass, there were probably 30,000 people in that stadium viewing a bunch of old guys playing a flag football game, but to see (Montana) throw to (DeBartolo) for the final touchdown there and to hear the fans go crazy and to see the admiration from these former players like Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana; that to me was impressive... to me, that's what it's all about.[11]

Personal life

Muñoz is of Mexican-American descent and is married to DeDe, whom he met at USC and married during his sophomore year in 1978.[12] They have two children. Son Michael Muñoz followed Anthony by playing offensive lineman at Tennessee where he was an All-American and went undrafted. He starred at Moeller High School in Cincinnati. Daughter Michelle played basketball for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and later transferred and played at Ohio State. She led William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio to the Division I 1999–2000 state championship, and she was a two-time Ms. Basketball in Ohio in 1999–2000 and 2000–2001.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Anthony Munoz - American football player". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 29, 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Anthony Muñoz - Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Archived October 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ TSN Presents - Football's 100 Greatest Players Archived November 5, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Anthony Munoz". IMDb. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Chaffey High School Alumni Association". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  8. ^ About the AMF Archived July 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Connect Landing Page - Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz and Education Advocate Sonia Gutierrez to Receive CHCI Highest". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  11. ^ Miller, Ira (January 29, 2016). "Family approach leads Eddie DeBartolo to steps of Hall of Fame". United Press International. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Mason | The Enquirer". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  13. ^ "Teams 1999-2000" (PDF). Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  14. ^ "Teams 2000-2001" (PDF). Retrieved September 22, 2018.

External links

1980 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1980 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 13th year in professional football and its 11th with the National Football League (NFL). The Bengals went 6-10 and managed only 244 points, lowest in the AFC. They did upset defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh twice. First-round draft choice Anthony Muñoz began his Hall of Fame career.

1980 NFL Draft

The 1980 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 29–30, 1980, at the New York Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season. This draft is notable as the first that the nascent ESPN network (which had first gone on the air seven months earlier) aired in its entirety, and the first to be televised.

1985 All-Pro Team

The 1985 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News in 1985. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the four teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League.

Pro Football Weekly, which suspended operations in 1985, did not choose an All-Pro team.

1987 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1987 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 18th in the National Football League (NFL). The team could not improve upon its 10–6 playoff year of the previous campaign, as the team dipped to a record of 4–11 in a season shortened by one game due to another players' strike, in which replacement players were used for four games.

1989 All-Pro Team

The 1989 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly and The Sporting News in 1989. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League.

1989 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1989 Cincinnati Bengals season was their 20th in the National Football League (NFL) and 22nd overall. The Bengals' 404 points scored were the fourth-most in the NFL in 1989. Four of their eight losses on the season were by a touchdown or less.

The 1989 Bengals are the last NFL team to score 55 points or more twice in a single season: Week Eight against Tampa Bay (56) and Week Fifteen against arch-rival Houston (61), both at home.

1990 All-Pro Team

The 1990 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1990. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League.

1990 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1990 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 23rd year in professional football and its 21st with the National Football League (NFL). The Bengals won the AFC Central division for the second time in three seasons.

This would be the last time the Bengals would make the playoffs until the 2005 NFL season, and as of 2018, the Bengals have never won a playoff game since this season – the longest such drought in the league.

1991 All-Pro Team

The 1991 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1991. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League.

1991 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1991 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 24th year in professional football and its 22nd with the National Football League. Prior to the start of the season, the Bengals lost their patriarch when founder, former head coach and general manager Paul Brown died at the age of 82. His son Mike would assume control of the franchise. The Bengals would stumble out the gate losing their first eight games before defeating the Cleveland Browns 23–21 at Riverfront Stadium. The Bengals would only win two more games the rest of the season finishing with a 3–13 record.

The Bengals' pass defense would surrender 7.586 yards per pass attempt in 1991, one of the ten worst totals in NFL history.Following the season head coach Sam Wyche was fired and replaced by assistant Dave Shula. Shula, the son of former Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Colts head coach Don Shula, served as the team’s wide receivers coach after a stint with the Miami Dolphins under his father, and the Dallas Cowboys as its offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach under head coach Jimmy Johnson. Upon his hiring as the Bengals’ head coach, he became the youngest head coach to ever be hired by an NFL team at age 32.

1992 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1992 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 25th year in professional football and its 23rd with the National Football League (NFL). They finished the year with five wins and 11 losses, and did not qualify for the playoffs. The Bengals, who were then owned by Mike Brown, the son of coach Paul Brown, now turned to the son of another coach to lead the team on the field when he hired assistant Dave Shula to assume the head coaching reins. The Bengals selected University of Houston quarterback David Klingler in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft. The younger Shula got off to a good start as the Bengals won their first two games, but then lost its next five games, on the way to a five-win season. Wide receiver Carl Pickens, a second-round selection out of the University of Tennessee, earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Following the season, perennial all-pro offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz retired, as the Bengals moved in a new direction by trading quarterback Boomer Esiason to the New York Jets.

Anthony Muñoz Award

The Anthony Muñoz Award is given annually to the best lineman in the high school football at U.S. Army All-American Bowl banquet. It is comparable to the Outland Trophy for collegiate football players.

The award was established in 2009 in honor of Anthony Muñoz. Its inaugural winner was Seantrel Henderson.

D. J. Humphries

DeMarcus J. Humphries Jr. (born December 28, 1993) is an American football offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida. Humphries won the 2011 Anthony Muñoz Award, awarded to the best lineman in high school football.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to increase the number of Latina and Latino leaders in society. As of 2010, the Chairman was Pedro José Greer.

The foundation hosts several long-term programs, including:

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, created in 1998, which honor Latina/o high school students (organized into regions or "markets") who demonstrate leadership potential and support them as they move through college and into graduate school and/or the workplace, especially in the STEM fields and in the "Green Industry". As of 2013, the award categories include (in alphabetical order) Business/Entrepreneurship, Education, Engineering/Mathematics, Healthcare/Science and Innovation/Technology.

a Youth Speakers Bureau, an outreach program in which the Youth Award recipients visit schools and other community centers and use social networking tools to provide information and inspiration to young Latinos/as.

the Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) Workforce Program, created in collaboration with the Hispanic College Fund to prepare Latina/o professionals for the workplace. The LOFT program also works with Human Resource departments and corporate diversity programs to place new workers. LOFT also houses the LOFT Innovation branch, the technology and computer programming program, with an office located in Los Angeles, CA.

the Hispanic Heritage Awards, founded in 1987 as part of the first Hispanic Heritage Month and hosted by over thirty-five national Hispanic organizations, which honor the contributions of Latinas/os in the fields of (alphabetically) arts, education, leadership, literature, math/science, and sports, as well as Vision and Lifetime Achievement Awards. In recent years, the awards ceremony has been televised on both NBC, Telemundo, and Mundo Fox.Selected winners in each category include:

Arts: Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos, Gloria Estefan, Tito Puente, Jimmy Smits, Andy Garcia, Martin Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Plácido Domingo, Anthony Quinn, Ricky Martin, John Leguizamo

Business: Monika Mantilla

Education: Virgilio Elizondo, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Jane Delgado, Henry Cisneros, Jaime Escalante, Isolina Ferré, Alberto Carvahlo, Carmen Delgado Votaw

Leadership: Pedro José Greer, Patrick Flores, Hector P. Garcia, Federico Peña, Bill Richardson, Linda Chavez-Thompson, Dolores Huerta, Antonia Novello

Literature: Julia Alvarez, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Luis Valdez, Isabel Allende, Nicholasa Mohr, Gary Soto, Oscar Hijuelos, Denise Chavez

Math and Science: Richard A. Tapia, Jaime Escalante

Sports: Mary Joe Fernandez, Sammy Sosa, Nancy Lopez, Derek Parra, Juan "Chi-Chi" Rodríguez, Bobby Bonilla, Rebecca Lobo, Andrés Cantor, Tab Ramos, Omar Minaya, Anthony Muñoz, Oscar de la Hoya

Vision: Narciso Rodriguez, Soledad O'Brien, Rosario Dawson, James A. Johnson

Inspira Award: America Ferrera

Legend: Don Francisco

Lifetime Achievement: Raul Julia, Oscar de la Renta, Celia Cruz, Carmen Zapata, José Feliciano

John Hannah (American football)

John Allen Hannah (born April 4, 1951), nicknamed Hog, is a former American football left guard who played for the New England Patriots (1973–1985) in the National Football League (NFL). In 1999 the Sporting News ranked him as the second greatest offensive lineman in NFL history after Anthony Muñoz. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991. Sports Illustrated dubbed him, on its August 3, 1981, cover, "The Best Offensive Lineman of All Time."

List of Cincinnati Bengals broadcasters

As of 2016, the Bengals flagship radio stations are WCKY, "ESPN 1530" and WQCR-FM, with WLW AM 700 joining in following the end of the Reds' season. Dan Hoard and former Bengals offensive lineman Dave Lapham, who started in 1985, form the announcing team. Most preseason and regular season games, are telecast on WKRC-TV, channel 12, the CBS affiliate. Mike Watts and Anthony Muñoz are the TV announcers for the preseason games, with Mike Valpredo as the sideline reporter. Games that feature an NFC opponent playing at Paul Brown Stadium will be televised on WXIX, channel 19, the local FOX affiliate. WLWT-TV airs games when the Bengals are featured on Sunday Night Football.

Michael Muñoz

Michael Anthony Muñoz, Jr. (born July 31, 1981) is a former American college football player who was an All-American offensive lineman who played for the Tennessee Volunteers football team of the University of Tennessee for four seasons during the early 2000s.

National Football League 1980s All-Decade Team

The NFL 1980s All-Decade Team was chosen by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team was composed of outstanding performers in the National Football League in the 1980s. The squad consists of first- and second-team offensive, defensive and special teams units, as well as a first- and second-team head coaches.

Jerry Rice, Anthony Muñoz, and Lawrence Taylor were the only unanimous choices, being named on all 26 ballots. John Hannah was next with 25, followed by Joe Montana tallied 24½ votes, Walter Payton 23½, Ronnie Lott had 23.

Payton, Ted Hendricks were all either first-team choices on the National Football League 1970s All-Decade Team as well. John Hannah was a second-team choice on the 1970s team prior to being named to the first-team on the 1980s Team of the Decade.

Vernon Holland

Vernon Edward "Vern" Holland (June 28, 1948 – April 20, 1998) was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and New York Giants.

Holland was born in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in Sherman, Texas. He played college football at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Holland was an all-American at Tennessee State, where he played from 1967-70.He was drafted in the first round (15th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Bengals.Holland played right tackle in Cincinnati, where he anchored the offensive line throughout the 1970s. For nine years, from the 1971 season through the 1979 season, he played in 119 games for the Bengals, starting all but one of those. He played in every Bengals game in eight of his nine seasons in Cincinnati.

In 1975, he was named second team All-American Football Conference (AFC) by UPI.He was also known for expensive clothes, carrying a briefcase because he considered football serious business, and the nickname "Suki."The Bengals cut Holland prior to the 1980 season, partly to make way for rookie (and future Hall-of-Famer) Anthony Muñoz.In 1980, he played 10 games, starting five, for the New York Giants, then two games for the Detroit Lions. It was the final season of his 10-year NFL career.

He later worked in the security department of the Nashville Arena. He died at age 49 of a heart attack on April 21, 1998 in Nashville.The Ohio Valley Conference, of which Holland's alma mater, Tennessee State, is a member, annually awards the Vernon Holland Scholarship to promote the graduate-level studies of former OVC student-athletes interested in a career tied to sports.

Anthony Muñoz—awards, championships, and honors

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