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Bengals Announce Summer Interns From The Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship Program

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The Cincinnati Bengals recently added three interns from the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Fellowship Program. This year’s coaches are Chris Crocker, Cornell Brown, and Kenny Ray.

Crocker played 12 seasons in the NFL as a defensive back. Making stops in Atlanta, Miami, Cleveland and Cincinnati. He spent the final six years of his career, in “the jungle” while playing in 71 games, and logging 56 starts.

Cornell Brown was a key backup and special teamer for the Baltimore Ravens. Brown spent his entire seven year career in Baltimore, where he was a member of the 2000 Super Bowl team. He’ll once again be united with Marvin Lewis.

Kenny Ray was a teammate of Brett Favre at Southern Miss in the early ’90s. He played center for the Golden Eagles. Ray has 12 years of coaching experience at the FCS level. Currently, he’s the offensive line coach at Gardner-Webb University. In addition, to being assistant head coach.

The Bill Walsh NFL Minority program has been extremely influential within the league. Its provided many opportunities for ex-players and current coaches. 61 ex-players, that are now full-time coaches, have completed the internship.

Marvin Lewis, Mike Tomlin, Hue Jackson, Jim Caldwell, Todd Bowles, Ron Rivera, Lovie Smith, Herman Edwards, and Romeo Crennell are the most notable participants of the program.

In 2015, Dr. Jen Welter made history when she became the first female to coach in the NFL. She was an intern through the program last year, and was an assistant linebackers coach with the Arizona Cardinals.

Katie Sowers is now the second woman to coach in the NFL. She will serve as a Wide Receivers coach in Atlanta. She’ll have the privilege of  working with Julio Jones, who’s one of the more dynamic receivers in all of football.