Number 1: Ken Anderson
Taking the top spot on our countdown is the man, the myth, the legend: Ken Anderson. Anderson is basically Mr. Bengal. He played his entire career in the Queen City from 1971 to 1986 and still holds 31 Bengals passing records. Anderson’s career numbers are impressive. So impressive that he still holds the top spot in the Bengals franchise for games played (at QB), completions, attempts, yards, and touchdowns.
Aside from his statistics, Anderson played a huge role in some of the most important moments in Bengals history. He led the team to its first ever playoff victory in 1981 and then its first ever Super Bowl later that season. In that Super Bowl, Anderson threw for 284 yards. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to lift the Bengals past the 49ers.
One of Anderson’s most notable performances came in the 1981 championship game when the high-powered San Diego Chargers came to town. The game would later be dubbed “The Freezer Bowl” due to the bitterly cold temperature. Opposing quarterback Dan Fouts couldn’t handle the cold but Anderson played magnificently in spite of the conditions, thus securing their berth in the Super Bowl.
What It Means
In the history of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise, some may have been more talented, but none as gritty, determined, and important as Ken Anderson. He was really the first quarterback in the organization to have major success. Plus, he stayed with the team for his entire career, something players rarely do.
If the Bengals are lucky, this list could change in the next few years if Dalton can lead the teams to some playoff wins or maybe even a Super Bowl. Top five rankings are always a point of contention. Do you agree? Disagree? Comment below with your picks for the top five passers in Bengals history.