Carson Palmer is a major USC (and Bengal) Cardinal
Carson Palmer was a Cincinnati Bengal great, leading the franchise to a division championship and deserving AFC title contender status. Palmer couldn’t get the Bengals over the hump in the playoffs, but he’s a notable NFL figure in Cincinnati because he won his Heisman Trophy in the pros and didn’t fall prone. Many Heisman winners have failed in the NFL, but not Palmer.
The Cincinnati Bengal version of this USC star was and is an impressive player who earned enormous respect in the league.
Still, if you were to say Carson Palmer is the best USC Bengal ever, you simply can’t make that claim.
It’s Anthony Munoz. It’s not a close call either.
It’s much easier to say Palmer is the best USC Cardinal of all time, given his career in Arizona and his ability to lead the Birds to the NFC Championship Game of the 2015 season against the Carolina Panthers. Palmer not only forged a memorable career at Glendale, but he dramatically improved two different NFL organizations. That itself instantly elevates him above many other men who have played professional football.
Enjoy these images from Carson Palmer’s Arizona Cardinal career: