Cincinnati Bengals: All-time passing leaders in franchise history

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Cincinnati Bengals All-Time Passing Leaders – No. 1: Ken Anderson (32,838)

Bengals Quarterback from 1971-1986

In the third round of the 1971 NFL Draft, the Bengals found their starting quarterback for the next 16 years with the selection of Ken Anderson out of Augustana. Anderson split time with Virgil Carter the first two years of his time in Cincinnati but then became the unquestioned starter from 1973 and on.

Anderson made it to four Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro once throughout his 16-year career. He spent his entire NFL career with the Bengals and led them to the Super Bowl in the 1981 season, which was his All-Pro season. During that year, Anderson had 3,754 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 10 picks, which were huge numbers at the time.

After 16 years with the team that drafted him, Anderson retired. He still leads the Bengals in passing yards with 32,838 yards, 197 touchdowns, and 160 interceptions and was a threat running the ball too, tallying 2,220 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

While yes, playing for the team for 16 years has helped him stay atop the leader board, Anderson was a darn good quarterback. There’s a reason he stayed with the same team for his entire career.

No one is surprised to see Ken Anderson at the top of the list and it’ll take quite some time before anyone is able to pass him.

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