The Bengals, like many NFL teams, started as an expansion franchise some 45 years ago. In this time frame, lots of quarterbacks have had the opportunity to either wear the orange and black stripes or the black “Bengals” written on an orange background. Only a select few have become elite Bengals quarterbacks and can be seated among the Mt. Rushmore of Bengals QB’s.
Let’s get right to it. First quarterback, in the George Washington spot of Rushmore is without a doubt Kenneth AllanAnderson, or Ken Anderson, or Kenny Anderson, or however you say it, he was the man. Anderson was a Division III quarterback from Augustana College (Illinois) who broke every passing record as a QB, and was also a 1,000 point scorer on the basketball team. In the NFL, Anderson had a stellar NFL career, being named NFL MVP in 1981, and NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1981. Anderson also appeared in the Super Bowl following the 1981 season in a loss to the 49ers.
Anderson was ranked 6th all-time for passing yards in a career at the time of his retirement. His record for completion percentage in a season stood for 27 years after his retirement (broken by Drew Brees in 2009). He was the NFL’s top rated passer in four seasons and ranks fourth in NFL history for postseason quarterback rating, 93.5. He also holds the record for highest career completion percentage in the postseason at 66.3%. Clearly, Anderson’s longevity and success as a quarterback earns him the top spot on Mt. Rushmore.