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Bengals announce the passing of Bill Tobin


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Tobin previously worked with the Bengals and is the father of Duke Tobin.

The Bengals have announced that former player personnel executive Bill Tobin has passed away at the age of 83.

Tobin joined the Bengals as a scouting consultant in 2003 and worked in the team’s player personnel department through 2022. He came to Cincinnati after having served as general manager of the Chicago Bears from 1987-92, general manager of the Indianapolis Colts from 1994-96, and the director of player personnel of the Detroit Lions from 2001-02.

“He was a true NFL success story,” said Bengals president Mike Brown in a press release. “He was a good person, and I considered him a good friend. With Bill, I respected everything he said. I just took it as a given. He had an eye for players and what they would develop into. If he said the guy was a good player, then he was a good player; that’s all I would need to know. We will miss him.”

Bill’s son, Duke Tobin, has worked in the Bengals’ player personnel department since 1999 and currently serves as the team’s director of player personnel.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tobin family.

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