Next week, Joe Burrow will take the Bengals to a place they haven’t been since 1989—Super Bowl LVI, marking the third time Cincinnati has represented the AFC in football’s biggest game. If the Bengals beat the Rams next Sunday it would be the ultimate rags-to-riches story, an unexpected triumph for a tortured franchise that’s had precious little to celebrate in recent years.
Like the rest of Ohio, Cleveland native and two-time Grammy winner Kid Cudi has followed the Bengals’ miraculous season with great curiosity, marveling at Burrow’s poise under pressure, particularly admiring his moxie and determination against Kansas City in last week’s conference championship. Cincinnati overcame an 18-point deficit in that game, handing the Chiefs their first loss at Arrowhead in three months.
Given what last week’s historic win meant to both the team and its rabid fanbase, Burrow’s game-worn jersey probably belongs in a museum somewhere or, at the very least, behind glass at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Instead, the 25-year-old gifted it to Kid Cudi, who plans to frame Burrow’s signed No. 9 jersey, but not before wearing it—grass stains and all—to next week’s Super Bowl in Los Angeles.
Burrow and Cudi seem to have a mutual respect for one another with the QB recently acknowledging he listens to the rapper before every game, specifically the track “New York City Rage Fest” from his 2013 album Indicud. Mindful of their place in Bengals history, Burrow and his teammates haven’t taken their success for granted, enjoying every moment of their storybook season. Fans have followed suit, reveling in the Bengals’ unlikely playoff run with heartfelt tributes and viral celebrations.
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