Michael Anthony Muñoz (born August 19, 1958), is a Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle who played for themost of his career for the Cincinnati Bengals. Muñoz went to Chaffey High School and played college football at the University of Southern California. He also played baseball there, pitching for USC’s national championship team in 1978.
Muñoz was the third overall pick as a first round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals; 1980 National Football League draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Muñoz’s agent was Michael Trope, known as Mike during his days as an NFL agent. His selection was viewed as a major risk by many pundits since knee problems limited the 6 ft. 6 in., 280-pound Muñoz to just a combined eight games in his junior and senior seasons, though he did return for USC’s 17-16 Rose Bowl win over Ohio State on New Year’s Day 1980. However, Muñoz became a starter in his rookie season and remained a fixture at left tackle for the Bengals for 13 seasons and is considered one of, if not the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history. Despite his history of injuries, Muñoz missed just three games during his first 12 seasons. His rigorous workout routine included working out in the weight room he had installed in his home and running three to four miles every day. In addition to his talents as a blocker, Anthony Muñoz was also a capable receiver, notching 7 receptions for 18 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns on tackle-eligible plays, including one in 1984 from left-handed rookie quarterback Boomer Esiason against their upstate rival, the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland.
Anthony Muñoz played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII, both narrow losses to the San Francisco 49ers.
Muñoz was the Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1987, and 1988 was awarded the NFL Players Association Lineman of the Year honors in 1981, 1985, 1988, and 1989.The NFL Alumni Association voted Munoz the Offensive Lineman of the Year four times (1987, 1989–1991). At the time of his retirement, his Pro Bowl selections were tied with Tom Mack for the most ever by an offensive lineman in league history, and also set the Bengals franchise record as well. In 1994, Muñoz was named to the National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1999, he was ranked #17 on Sporting News’ list of the 100 greatest football players and was the highest-ranked offensive lineman. In 2010, was ranked #12 on the NFL Network’s The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players list and again was the highest-ranked offensive lineman.