The Cincinnati Bengals have had an up and down existence since they came into pro football in 1968. Over the years though, one thing that the team has usually always had was a quarterback that was rated at least as very good. Here is a look at eight little known facts about the quarterbacks of the Cincinnati Bengals.
-In 2007, Carson Palmer set the Cincinnati Bengals record for most passing yards in one year with 4,131.
-In 1999, Jeff Blake rushed for 332 total yards. This is the most rushing yards any Bengals quarterback has ever accumulated in one season.
-The first touchdown pass Ken Anderson threw in the NFL was a 5 yarder in the 4th quarter of a 20-17 loss to the Green Bay Packer in 1971. It was thrown to receiver Eric Crabtree.
-The first touchdown pass of longtime Bengals quarterback Turk Schonert’s career came in a 34-14 win over the Green Bay Packers during the 1983 season. It was a two yard pass thrown to wide receiver Cris Collinsworth.
-The first TD pass that Sam Wyche threw as a quarterback in the National Football League came during his rookie season while he was with the Bengals. It was a fourth quarter pass that went for 68 yards to receiver Paul Robinson.
-Bengals quarterback Jeff Blake threw 93 touchdown passes while with the team. He also threw touchdown passes as a member of five other NFL teams, they were the Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, and Philadelphia Eagles.
-In their history, the Cincinnati Bengals have drafted five quarterbacks in the first round of the National Football League Draft. Greg Cook was selected with the fifth overall pick in 1969, Jack Thompson was chosen with the third overall pick in 1979, David Klingler was picked with the sixth overall pick in 1992, Akili Smith with the third overall pick in 1999, and Carson Palmer with the number one overall pick in 2003.