3 Best Records NFL GOAT OT Anthony Munoz Owns

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As Cincinnati Bengals fans celebrate Anthony Munoz on his 64th birthday, check out some of the best records to know about the legendary Left Tackle.

Anthony Munoz was drafted third overall in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Coming off multiple knee injuries and only one game played during his senior season at the University of Southern California, Cincinnati was criticized heavily for drafting the two-time All-American Lineman due to injury concerns. However, these critics would soon heap praise on the Bengals for their great selection, as Munoz earned All-Pro 1st Team honors after only his second year in the NFL.

Munoz focused on baseball growing up, as he was too big to play Pop Warner. However, the Ontario, CA native continued growing throughout high school and signed to play football at USC. Alongside fellow Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Marcus Allen, the Trojans dominated on their way to winning the 1978 National Championship. The 11x All-Pro even captured a College World Series title in 1978, pitching for USC during their championship run and paying homage to his youth baseball days before beginning one of the best OT careers in NFL history.

Munoz’s combination of elite strength and agility made him an offense’s best friend as he could split out wide to stop speedy defensive ends and reach the second level in an instant to open up running lanes. The 4x Offensive Lineman of the Year even got involved in the passing game, notching seven receptions with four touchdowns during a 13-year career. Starting all 16 games in nine of his 13 seasons, #78 goes down as one of the most consistently dominant tackles in NFL history and is certainly the undisputed GOAT at the OT position. 

Here are some of the greatest records to know about Anthony Munoz:

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Giving up his baseball dream was certainly the right choice as #78 finished with the 2nd most All-Pro selections in NFL history

Anthony Munoz’s HOF resume:

  • 11x Pro Bowl
  • 9x All-Pro 1st Team
  • 2x All-Pro 2nd Team
  • 1980 PFWA All-Rookie Team
  • 1980s NFL All-Decade
  • NFL 75th & 100th Anniversary Teams

The 2x All-American OT proved injuries wouldn’t be a problem, putting together a legendary 13-year career in Cincinnati

Anthony Munoz’s NFL OT records:

  • All-Pro 1st Teams (9)
  • Career REC (7)
  • REC TD (2) in 1 season
  • Games (7) of 1+ REC
  • Retired with most Pro Bowls (11)
  • T-most career REC TD (4)
  • T-most career Total TD (4)

After being drafted 3rd overall, Munoz didn’t disappoint, consistently dominating NFL defenses year after year

Most All-Pro 1st Team selections by an OT in NFL history:

1. Anthony Munoz (9)

2. Ron Mix (8)

T3. Joe Thomas (6)

T3. Rosey Brown (6) 

T3. Jim Tyrer (6)

T3. Ron Mary (6)


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