“It’s pretty unbelievable,” Whitworth said. “I texted him right after our (conference championship) game finished, and they’d obviously won earlier in the day. We have a little room in my house that we watch the games in, we call it the black room because it’s all black paint, and it’s my kind of hang out spot. It’s my den. And it’s got all my quotes on the wall and things that I love to read and stuff, and so we were watching TV in there (last December). And I said, ‘Who would have thought, hanging out in that little room, you and I, last December, and now here we are both playing in the Super Bowl a year later?’ Really cool. I mean, special. He’s gonna be a special one, and he’s gonna be a special football player in this league for a long time. But it was neat for us to have a moment like that and cultivate a relationship that I think will last for a long time.”
Uzomah: ‘I’m not missing it’
Tight end C.J. Uzomah says in his mind, he knows he is going to play Sunday, but he is remains “day to day” after spraining his MCL in the AFC Championship.
“It’s the Super Bowl,” Uzomah said. “I’m doing everything I can. I don’t really care too much about how I’m feeling. To be honest, when I’m out there, talking to (trainer) Nick (Cosgray) asking like, ‘Hey, if I’m doing this, is this gonna affect anything? Is this gonna just hurt or is it gonna be structural, like whatever,’ and when he gives me the answer, I’m like, ‘Cool.’ And my mind’s made up that I’m just gonna do it. I’m not missing the biggest game of my life. I’m not missing it.”
Uzomah also told the crowd at Monday night’s fan rally that he was planning on playing, as he tossed his knee brace off the stage. He even jogged a lap around the stadium to high-five fans along the wall, even though it was clear he was laboring a tiny bit.
The veteran tight end did not practice last week, and Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Friday the plan was to get him through the weekend and see how he was doing. The first practice of the week and first game-week injury report comes out Wednesday.
Bengals head to L.A.
The Bengals flew to Los Angeles on Tuesday, their normal off day, and will begin their normal game week preparations Wednesday on the campus of UCLA.
Joe Mixon told Bengals.com that Monday’s Opening Night Fan Rally was “a great sendoff,” as an estimated crowd of 30,000 fans attended.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before or experienced anything like that in my life,” Mixon said. “I thank them for my teammates. I love them, too. It was a huge moment, a historic moment and we’re looking to have many more.”