Why Do Joe Burrow and the Red-Hot Cincinnati Bengals Smoke Cigars After a Big Win?

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to surprise people. They’re heading to the AFC Championship Game following an upset victory over the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. You may have seen quarterback Joe Burrow and company smoking cigars in the locker room after the game. But why? The Bengals have a new tradition to celebrate special moments.

Joe Burrow and the Bengals smoke cigars after monumental victories

Bengals QB Joe Burrow warms up before facing the Titans
Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals takes field before game against the Tennessee Titans | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals have shocked many people in 2021. Zac Taylor’s squad finished with a 4-11-1 record in the 2020 season, and now it’s one of the best teams in the NFL.

Many people overlooked the Bengals in the AFC North, let alone the entire league. As a result, the team has played with a chip on its shoulder all season long. Cincinnati has been on fire lately, and the players aren’t afraid to let people know about it after each game.

Joe Burrow and several teammates routinely smoke cigars after monumental victories. The Bengals first pulled out the cigars after clinching the AFC North title with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17.

Cincinnati continued the postgame ritual in the playoffs. Players smoked cigars after taking down the Las Vegas Raiders and the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card Round and Divisional Round, respectively.

While the Bengals have brought cigars to the next level, the tradition started when Burrow won the National Championship at LSU. In a recent interview with NBC Sports’ Chris Simms, the second-year quarterback shed light on why the cigars became a thing.

“Just on special occasions,” Burrow said. “First cigar I ever smoked was after the National Championship Game. So, I figured when I win a championship, whether it’s our division or a Super Bowl or National Championship, I think we should probably smoke some cigars now. I think we just made it a thing.”

Revisiting Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase’s National Championship run at LSU


Joe Burrow and rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase have been phenomenal to watch in the NFL. However, the two stars dominated together in college football before making it to the league.

Burrow and Chase played only two seasons together at LSU, but they made their time count. The Tigers went on one of the most impressive runs in college football history, finishing with a 15-0 record. Surviving the tough and rugged SEC unblemished is a challenging feat.

The Bengals stars were an unstoppable quarterback-wide receiver tandem in Baton Rouge. Chase recorded 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He led the nation in receiving yards and touchdowns.

Burrow threw for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns, and six interceptions while completing 76.3% of his passes. His passing yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage marks led the NCAA.

LSU capped its undefeated season with a 42-25 victory over the Clemson Tigers. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase carried their success into the NFL, and it’s paying huge dividends for the Bengals.

Can Cincinnati pull off another major upset to reach the Super Bowl?

Not many took the Cincinnati Bengals seriously heading into the 2021 NFL season. Zac Taylor’s crew was coming off a losing season. Joe Burrow was returning from a gruesome season-ending knee injury.

In a division with the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cleveland Browns, the Bengals were a long shot to win the AFC North. However, they defied the odds. Cincinnati finished with a 10-7 record but carried its momentum into the postseason.

The Bengals eliminated the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card Round, then upset the No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round. Now, Cincinnati travels to Kansas City to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Joe Burrow and company have to be oozing with confidence, especially after beating the Chiefs in Week 17 of the regular season. It won’t be easy to knock off the two-time defending AFC champions twice in one season. Still, the upstart Bengals will certainly try.

Cincinnati’s explosive offense can score with any team in the NFL, so the team won’t be afraid to get into a shootout with Kansas City. The real question is whether or not the Bengals’ defense can get enough stops.

At some point, you’d have to think the Chiefs’ championship pedigree will kick in. However, Burrow and the Bengals are putting the NFL on notice. This team has a legitimate shot at making the Super Bowl.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and College Football Reference

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