Former NFL Star Chad Johnson Celebrates Joe Burrow and the Bengals Punching a Ticket to the Super Bowl: ‘Everybody Laughed at Me’

Believe it or not, the Cincinnati Bengals are going to the Super Bowl. Joe Burrow and company shocked the world again, knocking off Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. The victory was a massive win for the franchise that hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since 1988. Former Bengals star Chad Johnson is loving every minute of Cincinnati’s improbable run.

Chad Johnson strongly reacts to the Bengals going to the Super Bowl

The AFC Championship was like deja vú. The Kansas City Chiefs jumped out to an early lead, but the Cincinnati Bengals showed resolve and sparked a thrilling comeback. The 27-24 overtime victory secured the AFC North champions a trip to Super Bowl LVI.

Chad Johnson, a star wide receiver in Cincinnati for a decade, still roots for the organization. He believed in this team from the beginning and could not contain his excitement when Evan McPherson knocked the game-winning field goal through the uprights.

“Holy f****** s***, we are going to the Super Bowl,” Johnson said on Twitter.

OchoCinco has cultivated relationships with some of the young players on the team, including Tee Higgins, who dons the No. 85 jersey that he wore in his playing days. The six-time Pro Bowler takes great pride in saying he believed in the team when nobody else did.

“Everybody laughed at me,” he added. “Pull up the receipts. I called this in the preseason. All my bets hit for a reason regarding the Bengals. So happy for the fans of Cincinnati and the Brown family. #WhoDey.”

Joe Burrow and the Bengals players love to smoke cigars after a big win and winning the AFC Championship Game certainly qualifies. Chad Johnson joined them in solidarity with a pack of cigars, a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, and a “tall caramel macchiato.”

The retired wideout would feast in Cincinnati’s offense today

Chad Johnson retired from the NFL at 33 years old, but he undoubtedly left his mark when he played. The Cincinnati Bengals selected him with the No. 36 overall pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. The Oregon State product didn’t take long to let the league know who he was.

Johnson finished with 751 receptions, 10,783 yards, and 66 touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Bengals. The six-time Pro Bowler spent most of his career catching passes from either Jon Kitna or Carson Palmer. Much respect to those guys, but Joe Burrow is a different animal.

OchoCinco ran routes with such quickness and precision, and he possessed a reliable set of hands. Cincinnati’s offensive scheme allows for all of its skill players to thrive. Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins all have had big games in 2021.

Given Johnson’s skill set, there’s no reason he couldn’t have dominated catching passes from Burrow. The NFL is a pass-heavy league right now, which would mean targets for OchoCinco. It would also mean plenty of opportunities for No. 85 to put his elite trash-talking skills to good use.

Chad Johnson was a great player in his own right. Unfortunately, he never reached the Super Bowl and only made the NFL playoffs twice.

Joe Burrow continues to make history

The 2021 Cincinnati Bengals are holding it down for all of the great players in franchise history like Chad Johnson, who never played in a Super Bowl. The AFC North champions continue to shock everybody behind the leadership of cool Joe Burrow.

The LSU product undoubtedly deserves the Comeback Player of the Year Award. His rookie season was cut short by a torn ACL and MCL. He bounced back in a major way in year two, though. Burrow threw for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in the regular season while completing 70.4% of his passes.

The second-year quarterback has shown poise in the postseason as well. Similar to his National Championship run at LSU, Burrow has the opportunity to cap off a remarkable season with a Super Bowl victory.

The Bengals signal-caller will be the first No. 1 overall pick to start a Super Bowl in his first two seasons. Burrow could also become the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, a National Championship, and the Super Bowl. Not to mention, he did something only Tom Brady has done before — beat Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs.

Joe Burrow is the real deal, and he continues to prove why he deserved to be the top pick in 2020. He has the swagger of a champion, and now he’s looking for the hardware to match.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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