LeBron James Is Basically Joe Burrow's Biggest Fan

But honestly, Chad Johnson's celebration was the best.

click to enlarge LeBron James is backing the only Ohio team going to the Super Bowl. - Photo: Erik Drost, Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Erik Drost, Wikimedia Commons
LeBron James is backing the only Ohio team going to the Super Bowl.

We can't help but get the warm fuzzies when professional athletes cheer each other on.

On Sunday, Akron native and former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was as ecstatic as anyone about the Cincinnati Bengals' first Super Bowl berth since 1989.

After the Bengals kicked the Kansas City Chiefs to the curb in overtime, King James tweeted a photo of quarterback Joe Burrow smoking a cigar in his old Louisiana State University colors. The NBA's first player to be named an All-Star starter eight years in a row even gave Burrow an emoji crown.
But James wasn't the only one applauding the Bengals' improbable win. Former Bengals wide receiver (and last summer's boxing surprise) Chad Johnson also celebrated the team's AFC Championship. Ochocinco tweeted about his longtime insistence that the Bengals would head to the big game.
And Johnson's celebration is exactly our idea of a good time.
The Cincinnati Reds are stoked.
FC Cincinnati also got into the fun.
During the AFC Championship game on Jan. 30, the Bengals β€” 10-7 on the regular season β€” toppled the much-favored, two-time AFC champion Chiefs β€” who went 12-5 β€” in a nail-biter and last-minute win. In overtime, rookie Evan McPherson gave Cincinnati yet another game-winning field goal β€” a 31-yard beauty that glided right through the posts and made the entire Queen City erupt with glee.

McPherson didn't do it alone, of course. Burrow threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns while managing to avoid all the sacks he had during the previous week.

Cincinnati now will prepare to play either the San Francisco 49ers or the Los Angeles Rams during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 13.

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