A fifth-year NFL player for 2015, Rey has made big strides since signing with Bengals in ’10 as a college free agent ... Led 2014 team in tackles (121) by a margin of 30 ... Led team or tied for team lead in tackles in each of last seven games ... Played every game and started 13, moving into No. 1 LB role on depth chart when Vontaze Burfict proved unable to come back from injuries ... Also started Wild Card playoff ... Had team’s three highest single-game tackle totals ... In 2013, was key reserve on NFL’s third-ranked defense ... Only player in Bengals history to log three sacks and one INT in a game, doing that in ’13 at Baltimore ... Has played in every Bengals game since start of 2011 season.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-10 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-4-10 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-5-10 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 12-8-10 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-12-12 ... Re-signed with Bengals as exclusive-rights player on 4-3-13 ...
Re-signed with Bengals as restricted free agent on 3-15-14.
2014 highlights: Started Games 3-4, 8-16 and the Wild Card playoff as replacement for injured Vontaze Burfict ... Started Games 6-7 in place of injured Rey Maualuga ... Five passes defensed on the season ... Had four tackles and a team-high two passes defensed on Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Started at MLB on Oct.19 at Indianapolis and posted team season-high in tackles (16) ... Led led team with 12 tackles on Nov. 16 at New Orleans, and with 10 on Nov. 23 at Houston ... Led team with 15 tackles Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, and also had a pass defensed ... Led team with 11 tackles in playoff-clinching win Dec. 22 vs. Denver ... Led team with 11 tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis, and had a forced fumble against RB Dan Herron (Colts recovered).
Previous seasons: 2010—Opened rookie season on practice squad, and signed to roster the week of Game 13 ... Inactive for Games 13-14, and played in Games 15-16 ... Made NFL debut Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, recording two special teams tackles. 2011—Finished fifth on special teams with nine tackles ... Had two special teams tackles Sept. 11 at Cleveland, Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis and Oct. 30 at Seattle. 2012—Made one start and had 18 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed for season ... His 12 special teams tackles trailed only Dan Skuta (17) and Jeromy Miles (15) ... Started Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland at WLB, replacing injured Thomas Howard, and finished second on team in tackles (nine) ... Four tackles Sept. 23 at Washington ... Tied for team lead in special teams tackles (two) Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh ... Led special teams with three tackles Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Led team with three special teams tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Played Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff, with starts in Games 9-11, replacing injured MLB Rey Maualuga ... Had 54 tackles on defense, after entering year with just 18 in career ... Third on team in special teams tackles (11) ... Four sacks, two INTs (one returned for TD), a forced fumble, four passes defensed, and tied for second on team with seven tackles-for-loss ... Oct. 6 vs. New England, stopped RB LeGarrette Blount for no gain on first-and-goal play from one in fourth quarter, and defense went on to hold Patriots to FG ... Had two tackles on the four plays of a goal-line stand Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Had 13 tackles Nov. 10 at Baltimore, second on team, including three sacks, and had an INT ... Set up game’s first score Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, with a sack-and-strip of Matt Cassel, and returned second quarter INT 25 yards for his first career TD.
College: Played four seasons (2006-09) at Duke, seeing action in 48 games with 35 starts ... A two-year team captain, he left Blue Devils ranked ninth in program history in tackles (330) ... Averaged 106 tackles per year over his last three seasons ... Set school record with three fumble returns for TDs, and also had 28 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three INTs.
Personal: Hometown is Far Rockaway, N.Y. ... Attended Bayside High School, and later spent one season at Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy ... In 2009, earned a University Scholar Athlete award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame ... Enjoys bowling and movies ... Last name is pronounced “RAY.”
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Rey did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2010 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that season.
The Bengals Defensive Player of the Year took more than twice his total number of snaps in his NFL career during the 2014 season. It’s not the way they drew it up, but he helped their decimated linebacker corps still make it to the postseason.
Twenty three NFL players—13 active players and 10 former players—including Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey, will take part in the new NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial “Investment for Impact” program April 18-21 at the University of Notre Dame.