Super Bowl-bound Joe Burrow — and his swag — is sweeping all before him.
Decked out in a fur coat, a black roll neck, some shades and a chain, Burrow was the walking epitome of his nickname “Joe Brrr.” And his attire alone had people predicting a Bengals win.
Burrow was asked about his chain — capped off with a “JB9” pendant — afterwards, and specifically if the diamonds were real.
Burrow oozes charisma, and his never-say-die attitude and confidence off the field has helped transform the Bengals from the worst team in the NFL to Super Bow challengers.
A long road
Burrow shot to prominence with his standout quarterbacking at LSU, but it was the photos of him celebrating his college’s National Championship title in 2019 — smoking a cigar — that made him a fan favorite.
When Burrow was drafted in 2020 No. 1 overall by the Bengals, they were the worst team in the league with a historically bad playoff record.
In the space of two years, he has helped completely reshape the franchise’s future.
But it has been in his second season where Burrow has really blossomed, both on and off the field.
Paired with his former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase, the Bengals have shocked the league with their explosive offense and gritty defense.
And despite being a franchise so often plagued with heartbreaking losses, Burrow has shown no sign of being bogged down by that history, leading his team in his first post-season run.
The Bengals earned their first playoff win in 31 years by beating the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
They beat the No. 1 seeded Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round, before Sunday’s dramatic victory to advance to their first Super Bowl since 1989.
And there was an air of symmetry about the victory over the Chiefs for the Bengals.
When Burrow and LSU beat Alabama in 2019 to become national champions, the team’s defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin carried Burrow off the field aloft on his shoulder.
Cincinnati will face the LA Rams in the finale of the 2021 season, and if Burrow’s confidence if anything to go by, there’s no reason the upstart Bengals can’t go all the way.