Ken Anderson was born and raised in Batvia, Illinios. Anderson would go on to play his entire professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. Over the course of his 16-season NFL career, Anderson led the league in passer rating four times, completion percentage three times and passing yards twice. In 1981, he was awarded AP NFL Most Valuable Player. He led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl Appearance in the same year.
At the time of his retirement he owned many of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise passing records, including completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions.
After his professional playing career, Anderson served as a radio broadcaster for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1987—1993. From 1993—2002 he served as the Bengals' quarterbacks’ coach and offensive coordinator. Anderson officially retired from coaching football in 2010.