Cincinnati tight end C.J. Uzomah says he will take chili bath if Bengals win Super Bowl LVI


LOS ANGELES — Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah will go all-in if the team wins Super Bowl LVI. Specifically, he’ll go all-in … a tub full of chili.

During Thursday’s virtual media availability, Uzomah said he will soak in Cincinnati-style chili if the Bengals beat the Rams on Sunday to get the first Super Bowl win in franchise history. He said he is serious about putting on some swim trunks and taking a dip in the culinary item that Cincinnati is most associated with.

“You put it in a swimming pool, I’ll dive in there and eat my way out,” Uzomah said.

The idea stemmed from a conversation on an episode of Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast that will be released Friday. When one of the podcast hosts suggested he was going to take a chili bath, Uzomah said he’d happily join in the action.

“Easy,” Uzomah said. “100%.”

Uzomah has been talking about an epic Super Bowl celebration well before anyone imagined Cincinnati might be playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Last June, Uzomah illustrated a vision of feeding quarterback Joe Burrow shots, wide receiver Tyler Boyd drinking cognac while shirtless and copious amounts of champagne sprayed if the Bengals win it all.

As the Bengals have made their best playoff run in three decades and won the AFC title for the first time since 1989, that vision inched a little closer. Uzomah has seen his now-viral clip float around Twitter and said celebrating a Super Bowl victory is something he thinks about often.

“I want to manifest that, right?” Uzomah said. “So I have that positive image in my head.”

His status for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams remains unclear as of Thursday afternoon. Uzomah practiced Thursday in a limited role for the first time since suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee in the team’s win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 30. Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Uzomah will continue to be evaluated through the end of the week as Cincinnati looks to determine his status for game day.



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