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CINCINNATI – After helping win the AFC Championship Game last Sunday, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow received a request from one of his childhood idols.
Kid Cudi, a rapper Burrow grew up admiring, congratulated Burrow on taking the Bengals to the Super Bowl LVI and asked him for the jersey from Cincinnati’s overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
It did not sound like Burrow should think so much about it. On Friday, Cudi tweeted about the exchange and posted a picture of Burrow’s grassy No. 9.
“He said yes and felt it right away,” Cudi said on Twitter.
Burrow had a simple but gripping message to the rapper that became famous in the late 2000s: “Ohio Love.” Burrow grew up in southeast Ohio, while Cudi comes from Cleveland.
Okay. So after Bengal’s victory against the Chiefs, I hit Joe and congratulated him and asked if I could have his jersey. He said yes and sent it right away 🥲 rocked this bitch to the game and then framed it. I’m so nerdy right now. #ohiolove @JoeyB @bengalerne pic.twitter.com/mHWHfVRkR6
– The Chosen One: I 💖 YOU FRESHIE 4EVER (@KidCudi) February 4, 2022
But the connection is a little deeper than that. Burrow said he was listening to Cudi’s “New York City Rage Fest” before each game, and Cudi reached out before Cincinnati’s first conference championship since the 1988 season.
Cudi was not the only celebrity in Ohio who noted Burrow’s race with the Bengals. The second-year quarterback also elicited a tweet from NBA star LeBron James, who is from Akron. After the match, Burrow said that although the football success does not surprise him, his growing social status feels surreal.
“The situation I’m in socially does not feel right to me, because in my head I’m just the same old guy,” Burrow said.
This celebrity status is not limited to others with name recognition. While Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford is the favorite to win the Super Bowl MVP, Burrow is currently the hottest bet to win the award, according to Caesars Sportsbook.