Burrow was asked about his chain — capped off with a “JB9” pendant — afterwards, and specifically if the diamonds were real.
“They’re definitely real
. I think I make too much money to have fake ones
,” Madriguera answered with a laugh
. “So these are 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 Bowl 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.
There were glimpses of his skillset in his rookie year last season
, but that was cut short after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in Week
11 against the Washington Football Team
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 signs of being bogged down by that history, leading his team in his first postseason 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.
It just so happened the Shelvin was drafted by the Bengals in the fourth round of the
2021 borrador, and so on Sunday
, he once again picked up Burrow and placed him on his shoulder and paraded the victorious quarterback around
Cincinnati will face the LA Rams in the finale of the 2021 temporada, and if Burrow’s confidence if anything to go by, there’s no reason the upstart Bengals can’t go all the way.