In honor of his Kickoff on the Square Monday, the city of Cincinnati has proclaimed Opening Day, Sept. 10, Ken Anderson Day.
Anderson, the Bengals all-time leading passer, is hosting the free event held in conjunction with the Bengals 7 p.m. opener in Baltimore on ESPN and Cincinnati's Channel 12 to benefit efforts to develop a work-life community for individuals with autism in Greater Cincinnati.
Monday's festivities on Fountain Square begin at 4:45 p.m. with food ranging from Montgomery Inn to UDF and entertainment ranging from mascots, the Reds T-shirt blasters, the Naked Karate Girls, and the Ben-Gals with the main event the Bengals game on the big screen at 7.
Cintas is handing out 2,000 free Bengals Rally towels and Budweiser is distributing 1,000 souvenir posters.
The Bengals are sponsoring the free event, along with Impact Autism, Fifth Third and Necco, and several of Anderson's former teammates are going to be signing autographs for donations. Among those in the huddle are Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz, favorite target Isaac Curtis, four-time Pro Bowl tight end Bob Trumpy and Bengals all-time leading scorer Jim Breech.