45 Interesting Facts About Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks!


The Cincinnati Bengals came into pro football in 1968 as members of the American Football League. Two years later the team was brought into the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger of 1970. Over the years, the Bengals have had some up and down years. They have also had quarterbacks ranging from sub-par to excellent. Here is an amazing compilation of 45 interesting facts about the players who have played quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals.

-In 2007, quarterback Carson Palmer set the Cincinnati Bengals record for most passing yards in one season with 4,131.

-In 1999, Jeff Blake rushed for 332 yards. This is the most yards rushed for in a season by a Bengals quarterback ever.

-The last touchdown pass thrown by Boomer Esiason in his career came in the 1997 season and went for 70 yards to Darnay Scott.

-In 2005, just his second year in the NFL, Carson Palmer led the entire NFL in completion percentage (67.8%) and passing touchdowns (32).

-The first touchdown pass Ken Anderson ever 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 Eric Crabtree.

-The first touchdown pass of Bengals quarterback Turk Schonert’s career came in a 34-14 win over the Green Bay Packers in 1983. It was a two yard pass to wide receiver Cris Collinsworth.

-Sam Wyche is famous as the onetime head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. He actually got his start in the NFL as the quarterback of the Bengals in 1968, the team’s first season. He started nine games during his career, all of those starts with the Cincinnati, and had a record of 2-7.

-The first touchdown pass Carson Palmer ever threw in the NFL was a six yard pass in a 31-24 loss to the New York Jets in 2004. It happened in the third quarter and was thrown to Kenny Watson. This was the only touchdown pass he would ever throw to Watson.

-While with the Bengals, Jeff Blake appeared in his only Pro Bowl in 1995. He set the Pro Bowl record for longest touchdown pass by throwing a 92 yarder to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Yancey Thigpen.

-Ken Anderson quarterbacked the Bengals to a 33-21 win over the Buffalo Bills in 1975. This would be Cincinnati’s first win on Monday Night Football. The team would also establish records for passing yards in a game (447) and total offensive yardage (553).

-No Bengals quarterback has thrown more touchdown passes in one season than Carson Palmer who threw 32 in 2005.

-With 32,838 career passing yards for Cincinnati, Ken Anderson sits atop the all time team leaderboard.

-The first touchown pass that Sam Wyche threw as a quarterback in the National Football League came during his rookie season while with the Bengals. It was a 4th quarter pass that went for 68 yards to 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 teams: 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 NFL Draft. Greg Cook was selected with the 5th overall pick in 1969, Jack Thompson was chosen with the 3rd overall pick in 1979, David Klingler was picked with the 6th overall pick in 1992, Akili Smith with the 3rd overall pick in 1999, and Carson Palmer with the number one overall pick in 2003.

-The receiver who caught more of Boomer Esiason’s touchdown passes than anyone else is Eddie Brown with 39.

-In 2007, Carson Palmer led the NFL in interceptions thrown with 20.

-The first player ever to be signed by the Cincinnati Bengals was their first full time starting quarterback, John Stofa. Stofa played just five seasons of pro football: 1966 and 1967 with the Miami Dolphins, 1968 with the Bengals, and then 1970 and 1971 back with the Dolphins.

-Ken Anderson threw 197 passing touchdowns during his career, over 25% of them went to wide receiver Isaac Curtis who caught 51 of them.

-Sam Wyche threw 12 touchdown passes during his NFL career, all of them as quarterback of the Bengals. None of those were thrown in the first quarter, the team he threw the most against was the Denver Broncos with three, and the receiver who caught more of them than anyone else was Bob Trumpy.

-In 1981, Ken Anderson won the Comeback Player of the Year, NFL MVP, Bert Bell Award, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and he also led the Bengals to their first playoff victory in franchise history, as well as the team’s first Super Bowl appearance.

-Carson Palmer has thrown more touchdown passes to Chad Ochocinco during his career than he has to any other receiver.

-Three different Bengals quarterbacks are tied for throwing the most interceptions in one season with 22. Ken Anderson did it first in 1978, Boomer Esiason matched that mark in 1990, and Jon Kitna joined the club in 2001.

-In 1994, his first season ith the team, Bengals quarterback Jeff Blake led the NFL in passing yards per completion (13.8).

-Ken Anderson threw more touchdown passes against the Houston Oilers (32) than he did against any other team in the NFL. Coincidentally, fellow Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason also threw more touchdown passes against the Oilers (27) than he did playing against any other team in the NFL.

-Jeff Blake threw 93 touchdown passes as a Cincinnati Bengals quarterback. Wide receiver Carl Pickens caught more than half of them (47).

-Ken Anderson has thrown more touchdown passes for the Bengals than any other quarterback in team history. His 197 touchdown passes for the team are just ten ahead of second place Boomer Esiason’s 187.

-The first touchdown pass that Boomer Esiason ever threw in the NFL came in week 7 of the 1984 season. It was his rookie year and was a 34 yard pass in the first quarter to M.L. Harris in a 20-14 loss against the New England Patriots.

-In 1979, Ken Anderson was sacked 46 times while losing 324 yards. Both of these are team records for the most times sacked and the most yards lost by sack in one season for the Bengals.

-The first touchdown pass Jeff Blake ever threw during his NFL career came in a 23-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in 1994. The pass was thrown to Darnay Scott and went for 67 yards.

-During his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jon Kitna threw 17 touchdown passes to Chad Ochocinco. That is more TD passes than he has thrown to any other receiver during his NFL career.

-From 1993 to 2002 Ken Anderson served as an assistant coach with the Bengals (both as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator).

-Bengals quarterback David Klingler threw 16 touchdown passes during his career. Six of those, nearly forty percent, were thrown against the Cleveland Browns.

-In 2001, his first year with the Bengals, quarterback Jon Kitna led the entire NFL with 581 passing attempts.

-Ken Anderson was sacked more (398) and intercepted more (160) during his time with the Bengals than any other player who played quarterback for the team.

-The third touchdown pass of Boomer Esiason’s career was the final touchdown pass of his rookie season. It came in the 3rd quarter of a 20-17 week 14 win over the Cleveland Browns. What makes it interesting is that it was completed to longtime Bengals offensive lineman, and eventual Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Anthony Munoz.

-Longtime Bengals backup quarterback Turk Schonert threw just seven touchdown passes as a member of the team. With three TD receptions from Schonrt, wide receiver Cris Collinsworth caught nearly half of them.

-Bengals legend Ken Anderson ranks first among quarterbacks and 13th among all players for the Cincinnati Bengals with 2,220 career rushing yards.

-David Klingler was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. He started 20 games at quarterback for the Bengals, putting up a record of 4-20.

-In 1974, Ken Anderson led the entire NFL in pass completions (213), completion percentage (64.9%), passing yards (2,667), yards per pass attempt (8.1), passing yards per game 9205.2), and quarterback rating (95.7).

-In 1988, Boomer Esiason led the NFL in passing yards per attempt (9.2) and quarterback rating (97.4).

-Longtime Bengals backup quarterback Turk Schonert played five seasons with the team from 1981 to 1985, he then spent one season with the Falcons in 1986, before returning and spending the final three seasons of his career with the Bengals from 1987 to 1989.

-The most touchdown passes Boomer Esiason ever had in one game was five. He did this twice, both times as quarterback of the Bengals. The first time came in a 52-21 victory over the New York Jets in 1986 and the second time it happened was in a 56-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1989.

-In 1969, the Bengals drafted hometown favorite quarterback Greg Cook who had played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati with the 5th pick overall in the draft. He was the team’s starting quaterback during his rookie season, but due to a rotator cuff injury was forced to retire following the season, ending his career with just one season played.

-In a 16-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1987, Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason rushed the ball ten times for 77 yards.

For an in depth look, check out:
Through the Years: The Quarterbacks of the Cincinnati Bengals

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