Drafted in the third round by Phoenix in 1994, he was cut by the Cardinals and claimed off waivers by Cincinnati. He played in 146 games in 13 seasons with the Bengals, starting 142, despite having four arthroscopic knee surgeries, two sprained ankles, a herniated neck disc and a broken toe. He retired after suffering a tibia plateau fracture in week two against the Cleveland Browns in 2006.
Bacon played two of his 14 NFL seasons with Cincinnati, and while the NFL didn't begin tallying quarterback sacks until 1982, he believed that he had 26 sacks for the Bengals in 1976. Whatever his numbers, he made a big enough impact to rank No. 34 in Bengaldom.