10. Ken Anderson (underrated)
Without Ken Anderson, there would have been no 49ers dynasty because he was the man under center while Bengals assistant Bill Walsh was pioneering what would become known as the “West Coast Offense.” Anderson led the NFL in passing yards under Walsh twice, but it wasn’t just Walsh’s influence that made Anderson what he was.
After Walsh left for San Francisco, Anderson won an MVP with the Bengals in 1981. He even took the historically inept franchise to the Super Bowl where as fate would have it, they got beat by Walsh’s 49ers. Yet, the Hall of Fame has never come calling for Anderson. Maybe someday.