The most underrated QB in NFL History

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    Ken Anderson, Bengals QB, should be in Pro Football Hall of Fame - Kerry J. Byrne - SI.com

    One of the most successful passers in NFL history is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And in the eyes of ColdHardFootballFacts.com, the exclusion of former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson (1971-86) is one of the greatest injustices to ever hit Canton.

    But history's snub may soon change, as Anderson enters Hall of Fame senior committee consideration this year, 25 years after his retirement.

    There's been a groundswell of support for Anderson's Hall of Fame qualifications emanating from Bengals fans, as well as the quarterback's former teammates, including NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth and Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz.

    The groundswell has caused some senior committee voters to take a long, hard look at Anderson's impressive, Hall of Fame-worthy résumé.

    "What we've been hearing lately from supporters of Ken Anderson ... has me, as well as some other Hall of Fame voters, rethinking Anderson as a Hall of Fame nominee," Dan Pompeii wrote recently on National Football Post.

    The Cold, Hard Football Facts have long felt that Anderson was a Hall of Fame quarterback. In fact, we once named Anderson the most underrated quarterback in NFL history and recently published an exhaustive study of why he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
     
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    Anderson Career Stats vs. All Modern Era Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

    Player Att Comp Comp% Yards YPA TD INT Rating

    Aikman 4715 2898 61.5 32942 6.99 165 141 81.6

    Anderson 4475 2654 59.3 32838 7.34 197 160 81.9

    Blanda* 4007 1911 47.7 26920 6.72 236 277 60.6

    Bradshaw 3901 2025 51.9 27989 7.18 212 210 70.9

    Dawson* 3741 2136 57.1 28711 7.67 239 183 82.6

    Elway 7250 4123 56.9 51475 7.1 300 226 79.9

    Fouts 5604 3297 58.8 43040 7.68 254 242 80.2

    Graham** 1565 872 55.7 13499 8.63 88 94 78.1

    Griese* 3429 1926 56.2 25092 7.32 192 172 77.1

    Jurgensen 4262 2433 57.1 32224 7.56 255 189 82.6

    Kelly 4779 2874 60.1 35467 7.42 237 175 84.4

    Layne 3700 1814 49 26768 7.24 196 243 63.4

    Marino 8358 4967 59.4 61361 7.34 420 252 86.4

    Montana 5391 3409 63.2 40551 7.52 273 139 92.3

    Moon 6823 3988 58.4 49325 7.23 291 233 80.9

    Namath* 3762 1886 50.1 27663 7.35 173 220 65.5

    Starr 3149 1808 57.4 24718 7.85 152 138 80.5

    Staubach 2958 1685 57 22700 7.67 153 109 83.4

    Tarkenton 6467 3686 57 47003 7.27 342 266 80.4

    Tittle 4395 2427 55.2 33070 7.52 242 248 74.3

    Unitas 5186 2830 54.6 40239 7.76 290 253 78.2

    Van Brocklin 2895 1553 53.6 23611 8.16 173 178 75.1

    Waterfield 1617 814 50.3 11849 7.33 97 128 61.6

    Young 4149 2667 64.3 33124 7.98 232 107 96.8


    Read more: Ken Anderson, Bengals QB, should be in Pro Football Hall of Fame - Kerry J. Byrne - SI.com
     
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    I'd say he deserves to be in the HOF. I think Archie Manning is underrated too, the guy was good with no talent around him.
     
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    When I was a kid, and when "Bengals" was on the side of their helmets, I read an interview in a sports rag with Ken Anderson. The interviewer asked him how does he read defenses so well?

    He said: "I see the defense from their perspective. When the ball is hiked look at the defense and watch them all react to my receivers all at the same time. I then choose which one to throw to". Even the interviewer was a little shocked by that answer but that's now standard for modern QB's isn't it? To look at defenses that way?
     
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    Joe Montana.
     
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    I know he's considered one of the all-time greats, but I'd still argue Steve Young is underrated.
     
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    the freezer bowl...I remember that game well, they even thought of canceling it...unreal...

    He played a great super bowl too, but the niners were the better team top to bottom...

    yea, he belongs.
     
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    Ken Stabler.
     
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    Ken Anderson didnt win beans with the BUNGELS.

    Stabler led the Raiders to 5 AFC title games in the 70s - and won the Super Bowl in 1977 - totally out-playing Fran Tarkenton.

    WHY HE ISNT IN THE HOF IS BEYOND ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Stabler was one of those QBs that didn't put up big stats. But he came up big with the game on the line. Give him the ball in the fourth quarter and no time left and Stabler would find a way to get it done.

    I'd put him in the HOF
     

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