Ken Anderson's Hall of Fame Case

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Every year, as the summer stretches toward opening day, football talk turns to either the future, or the past. Fans and the media begin to pontificate about possible outcomes to the season, both for teams, and for individual players. We all love to play prognosticator (Vancestradamus, please stand up), and being able to accurately predict what will happen is a nice honor to hold over the heads of our friends and colleagues. On the other hand, sometimes we like to reminisce, to look back at past glory days and relive them over and over. The ability to keep good times at the forefront of our minds is important, allowing us access to fond memories when we need them, and as a Bengals fan, that can be fairly often. Younger fans might not remember it, but there have been some great times in Bengals history. There were also some great individual performers. Older fans can wax philosophically about guys like Boomer Esiason, Anthony Munoz, Cris Collinsworth, David Fulcher, Eddie Brown, etc. Munoz is the only Bengal currently in the NFL Hall of Fame, but there’s another guy, not yet enshrined, whose name inevitably comes up when discussing the past, and the fact that hasn’t been inducted yet is one of the biggest oversights in sports. Ken Anderson absolutely deserves the honor of membership into the HOF, and there’s no debate.

 

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