Former NFL star, Florida A&M coach Ken Riley dead at 72

Former NFL star, Florida A&M coach Ken Riley dead at 72
Ken Riley played 15 seasons with the Bengals (Source: Cincinnati Bengals)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Former Cincinnati Bengals standout Ken Riley, who was also a coach and athletic director at his alma mater Florida A&M, has died.

The university made the announcement Sunday. Riley was 72. He played 15 seasons for the Bengals as a defensive back, with 65 career interceptions for 596 yards, and five touchdowns.

The interceptions rank fifth in NFL history. He also recovered 18 fumbles. Before his NFL career, Riley was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Rattlers.

Later, he returned to become Florida A&M’s head football coach and then athletic director. The university did not reveal a cause of death.

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