Andy Dalton has been the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals since they selected him as the thirty-fifth overall pick in the second round of the 2011 National Football League (NFL) Draft. A great college quarterback for Texas Christian University (TCU), Dalton began paying immediate dividends at the start of his professional career in the 2012-2013 Season.
The freshman quarterback, who was born in Katy, Texas on October 29, 1987 showed passing accuracy and leadership skills from the first time he lined up behind center to take snaps. The Bengals rode Dalton’s accurate passing arm to a playoff berth in his first year as a starting quarterback.
Dalton and his team were eliminated after just one game in that first season, in one game again in each of the following two years. It was disappointing, to be sure, but players on the team, its management and Cincinnati’s legion of loyal fans all sensed that “better days were just around the corner.”
Now at age 28, the 6’2” two hundred fifteen pound quarterback is calling on his experience to elevate his game and it is working. Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals have gotten off to a “flying start” in the current 2015-2016 Season. This powerhouse squad and potential Super Bowl participant has a Won-Loss record of 6-0 in the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC).
Their unblemished record is good enough for the Bengals to enjoy a lead over the second place Pittsburgh Steelers of two-and-one-half games. Interestingly, there is every reason to believe that the team from Ohio will not relinquish the divisional lead any time soon, or at all, this season because the Bengals roster is loaded with quality players on “both sides of the ball.”
Cincinnati, with lots of help from Andy Dalton, has managed to win all its games with relative ease this year. In fact, over the six games that have been played so far, Dalton has accumulated more than fifteen hundred yards passing, thrown for eleven touchdowns and has been picked off only two times.
It is no surprise that Andy Dalton has blossomed into a top-tier signal caller because he excelled on the gridiron as a quarterback for TCU. The truth is that the young red-headed passer led the Horned Frogs to the Rose Bowl in 2011 where they lost a tight game by just seven points in a tough, hard-fought contest.
Dalton was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP) in that big game and won the same award in two other bowl games during his remarkable college career.
Now, as a professional football player, Andy Dalton has already been named to the Pro Bowl twice and has already accumulated more than sixteen thousand five hundred yards passing.
Add to that the fact that in his still-young career, Dalton has managed to throw one hundred thirteen touchdown passes while being intercepted just sixty-eight times and it becomes clear why his team, the Cincinnati Bengals, has a legitimate chance to play in this season’s Super Bowl.
It could happen if Dalton’s play remains at its current high level.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report