6 oldest NFL players to ever wear a Bengals uniform

Leigh Oleszczak
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1. Ken Anderson, QB (37.204 at the end of 1986 season)

The oldest player to ever wear a Cincinnati Bengals uniform was Ken Anderson, who was 37 years and 204 days old when he took his final snap with the team who drafted him. Anderson was a third-round pick in the 1971 NFL Draft and went on to play his entire 16-year career in Cincinnati.

Anderson is the all-time passing yards leader for the Bengals, throwing for 32,838 yards and 197 touchdowns during his 16 years in the black and orange. He led the team to the Super Bowl in 1981 and won league MVP that year after tossing for 3,754 yards and 29 passing touchdowns.

Anderson was inducted into the team’s inaugural Ring of Honor, which was not surprising. The guy is a legend in Cincinnati and while he had a rough final two seasons, the other 14 years saw the Bengals be competitive because of Anderson.

Fans probably expected the former Augustana signal-caller to be at the top of this list and here he is. He played football until he was 37 years old, making him the oldest Bengals quarterback of all time.

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Close calls for this list included Reggie Nelson and James Brooks, both of whom were 32 in their final Bengals seasons.