Ken Anderson, one of the great percentage passers of all time, has put up another high percentage in the Bengals.com Virtual Hall of Fame voting booth.
With voting set to reach the halfway point Saturday, Anderson is the resounding fan favorite after being named on 94.4 percent of the first 7,534 ballots. As of Friday morning Anderson had appeared on 7,114 ballots for nearly a 1,000-vote lead over fellow NFL MVP Boomer Esiason's second-place total of 6,120 votes on 81.2 percent of the ballots.
Voting runs through Feb. 28 with the top 10 advancing to the finals. From there, the top three join founder Paul Brown and left tackle Anthony Munoz in the inaugural class to be unveiled some time in late June.
Ken Anderson leads the early returns in balloting for the Bengals.com Virtul Hall of Fame. (Wireimage)
Rounding out the top 10 are running back James Brooks (4,390), wide receiver Cris Collinsworth (4,182), Super Bowl coach Sam Wyche (3,878), and three-time Pro Bowl safety David Fulcher with 3,668.
But only 411 votes separate Fulcher from six-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lemar Parrish, two-time Super Bowl starting guard Max Montoya and all-time leading scorer Jim Breech.
Tight end Bob Trumpy trails Breech by nearly 1,000 votes in 14th place.
"Keep it going up there; that's nice to hear," Anderson said Friday afternoon. "A lot of great memories up there from everything, the fans and my teammates. Look (at the top five), those are all great players. The Cincinnati Bengals have had a lot of great players down through the years."
Anderson, the Steelers quarterbacks coach, still finds himself talking about the parade on the team's return home from winning the Super Bowl.
"There were 350,000 people in downtown Pittsburgh. Unbelievable," Anderson said. "You go down one block and it was packed with a sea of people and then you turn the corner for the next block and it was the same thing."
After 16 years as a player and 16 more as a coach, Anderson finally gets to wear the ring.
"I haven't come down yet," he said. "Still riding high."