Frank Smouse, an original member of the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff and a longtime scout for the team, passed away Friday at the age of 95.

Smouse was linebackers coach in 1968 before moving into a full-time scouting role. He ended his full-time scouting status in 1995 but continued to play an active role in the team’s annual draft preparations through 2000.

“Frank was a top-notch guy who was well-respected by everyone,” Bengals president Mike Brown said. “Frank was with us a long time, and I grew to love the guy. I could call him and we could talk about anything. Mainly we talked about football. Everything around this business he was conversant with, and we would talk about all that. I will miss him and his friendship.”

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