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14. Ken Anderson

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Ken-Anderson
Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense is very popular now, but despite the geographic name, it was actually executed first in Cincinnati by Ken Anderson.


Ken Anderson was a lifetime Bengal who set passing records for the franchise.  He was incredibly accurate and mastered the short yardage pass.  On four occasions he led the league in Quarterback Rating and in 1982 he set a season record (which he still holds) with a 70.6 highest completion percentage.  He did make it to the Super Bowl and though his Bengals lost he was still brilliant in defeat.

Anderson had the misfortune of playing at a time of flashy quarterbacks and despite his skills he did not receive his due.  As he has only been a finalist twice this remains to be the case.  Considering that Anderson did not have the weapons that the bigger name QBs of his era had, his stats are actually more impressive than at first glance.




The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Batavia, Illinois, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:
1990

Position:
Quarterback

Played for:
Cincinnati Bengals

College:
Augustana

Drafted:
3rd Round, 67th Overall in 1971

Major Accolades and Awards:
NFL Most Valuable Player (1) (1981)
NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1) (1981)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1) (1981)
Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1975, 1976, 1981 &, 1982)
First Team All Pro Selection (1) (1981)
Second Team All Pro Selection (2) (1974 & 1975)
Most Completions (2) (1974 & 1982)
Most Passing Yards (2) (1974 & 1975)
Most Passing Yards/Game (1) (1974)
Highest Quarterback Rating (4) (1974, 1975, 1981 & 1982)
Highest Pass Completion Percentage (3) (1974, 1982 & 1983)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Passes Completed (8) (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981 & 1982)
Top Ten Finishes: Passes Attempted (7) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981 & 1982)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (7) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981 & 1982)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (5) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 & 1981)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Rating (9) (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981 & 1982)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yard/Game (7) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981 & 1982)
Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (9) (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984)

Notable All Time Rankings:
25.  Passing Yards: 32,838
27.  Passes Completed: 2,654
28.  Passes Attempted: 4,475
32.  Passing Touchdowns: 197
38.  Quarterback Rating: 81.9

Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:
Finalist: 1996 & 1998

Should Ken Anderson be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 28.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 14.3%
Last modified on Saturday, 22 February 2014 14:24

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-2 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
The way I look at ken Anderson is that he was a very good quarterback on very solid teams that could not get over the hump. I think there are two or three more deserving quarterbacks (Stabler, Theisman, Simms n mayb even Plunkett) that deserve recogntion before he goes in. With that in mind I cannot put him this high on the list!
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