Unlike the pot of beans, Taylor’s gesture should stick around for a while. Following Sunday’s win over the Raiders, Taylor veered from his drive home and stopped at Mt. Lookout Tavern, a popular spot for Bengals fans. Eenmaal binne, Taylor and punter Kevin Huber personally delivered a game ball to the bar as a thank you to the city.
“This is the first of many playoff games we win here,” Taylor said in a video that’s since gone viral.
In the 45-second clip, Taylor can be seen making good on a promise he made to himself shortly after his 2019 hiring — to gift a game ball from a playoff win to local fans to thank them for their loyalty.
During his post-game celebration, Bengals fans can be seen and heard cheering loudly, hanging onto Taylor’s every word. Taylor, 38, didn’t stick around long enough to partake in any celebratory suds, but he did savor the combined taste of victory and the fans’ adoration.
“It was what I pictured,” Taylor told Die MMQB’s Albert Breer. “It was packed. It was a good scene. People obviously had been there for a while, having a good time, which is what I was hoping for. So it was fun to be able to share that with those people.”
Taylor-made for a blue-collar town like Cincinnati.