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Ken Anderson beat the odds to become one of the most prolific quarterbacks in National Football League history.

Slow-footed quarterbacks with weak arms, especially those graduating from tiny schools, aren’t even supposed to make the NFL, much less lead the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl. But Anderson’s passing was unusually accurate, and he came along just as teams began using the West Coast Offense, which emphasizes short passes over long bombs.

Under this offense, Anderson set NFL records for consecutive pass completions (20), completion percentage for a single game (90.9%) and completion percentage for a season (70.3% in 1982), as well as Super Bowl records for completion percentage (73.5%). When he retired in 1986, Anderson was ranked sixth all-time for passing yards.

— Adapted from The Art of Quarterbacking, Ken Anderson & Jack Clary, Linden Press.

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