Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor showed that he’s the coolest coach in the NFL after his team’s 24-17 playoff win against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.
After the Bengals eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs, Taylor continued a tradition that started last year in the playoffs.
Bengals coach Zac Taylor’s tradition of delivering game balls around Cincinnati after playoff wins continues. Here is at the Blind Pig, which is right across the street from the team’s facility/stadium. pic.twitter.com/ITBVSg08Fz
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) January 16, 2023
Taylor went to the Blind Pig in Cincinnati (which is across the street from the team’s facilities) to hand out game balls to fans.
It’s incredible the way that Taylor, an Oklahoma native who went to college in North Carolina (Wake Forest) and Nebraska (the Cornhuskers), has embraced the city of Cincinnati and the state of Ohio.
Taylor, of course, isn’t the only one who is making it easy for locals to connect with this team.
There’s also Sam Hubbard, the hometown kid who made the biggest play of the game on Sunday night with his 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Hubbard’s fumble return ended up being the game-winning score.
And then there’s Joe Burrow — the kid who grew up in Ohio, went to Ohio State for three years (before heading to Baton Rouge for two unforgettable seasons), and now gets to lead the team he grew up a couple of hours away from.
Burrow made it clear on Sunday night that representing the state of Ohio is important to him.
Joe Burrow: “I love being from Ohio and playing for this team and representing Ohio the way I do.”
Burrow on wanting to play here his entire career. #Bengals @FOX19
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) January 16, 2023
This team is special. And their connection to Cincinnati and the state of Ohio is a big reason why.