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September 14, 2011

2011 Season - Former NFL MVP Ken Anderson's jersey to be retired

The Vikings will retire Ken Anderson's number 14 in a ceremony at halftime of the non-conference game with Adrian on Saturday, September 17.

Ken Anderson, the quarterback often referred to by legendary ABC sportscaster Howard Cosell as being from “Tiny Augustana”, will have his jersey retired on Saturday, September 17 at halftime of the Vikings’ game with Adrian. The retirement of Anderson’s number 14 will cap an Augustana Football Alumni weekend.

“Although no Augustana player has worn the number 14 since Ken Anderson played here, we have never officially retired his jersey,” said Viking head coach Rob Cushman. “We thought this was the perfect time to do this because he would be back on campus as part of our football alumni festivities.”

Anderson, who came out of Batavia High School where he was a high school basketball teammate of future NBA great Dan Issel, played 16 seasons as a quarterback in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the winner of the 1981 NFL’s “Most Valuable Player” award when he led the Bengals to the Super Bowl where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers.

At one time Anderson held every passing record in the Augustana record books but current Viking signal caller David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) has erased six of those marks. Anderson still holds a total of seven school marks including: most career passing yard, most passing attempts in a game and career, most career completions, and most touchdown passes for a game, season and career.

This weekend the Augustana football alumni will get together for a golf outing on Friday, September 16 at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, Illinois at 12:00 noon followed by a post-golf outing social at the River House in Moline at 7:00 p.m. There will be pre-game tailgating prior to the 12:00 noon kickoff against Adrian and Anderson’s jersey will be retired at halftime.