Ken Anderson being announced at the grand marshal (Source: Mike Buckingham, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson will lead the self-proclaimed "World's Largest Chicken Dance" as the grand marshal at this year's Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
Nick and Drew Lachey were grand marshals last year. Other grand marshals have included George Takei from "Star Trek", former Reds stars Joe Morgan and Tom Browning, former Bengal Chad Johnson, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and music satirist Weird Al Yankovic.
Anderson was drafted by the Bengals during the 1971 NFL Draft and was named the starting quarterback in 1972.
During the 1981 season, Anderson led the Bengals to their first ever playoff victory over the Buffalo Bills, and then he led Cincinnati to a 27-7 win in the AFC championship game (which later became known as the Freezer Bowl) over the San Diego Chargers, earning a trip to the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
Anderson was named the 1981 NFL MVP and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times before retiring in 1986.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the celebration of the city's strong German heritage and is expected to draw more than 500,000 people over the three days beginning Sept. 18.
The event is held along Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati.