Joe Burrow and the Bengals have gained their fair share of new fans lately.
After an improbable run to the Super Bowl last season, Cincinnati is right back on the doorstep of the biggest game in American sports. Zac Taylor’s squad will be in Kansas City on Sunday to face the Chiefs in a rematch of last year’s AFC championship game.
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Thanks in large part to Burrow’s style, skills and swagger, the team has amassed lots of new followers in the past couple years. “Who Dey Nation” is growing faster than ever. But there are also plenty of big names who have been fans of the franchise for decades.
Here’s a look at some of the most famous Bengals supporters who will be rooting on their team this weekend:
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A native of Lexington, Ky., Clooney spent time as a college student at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University in nearby Highland Heights. He’s a loyal fan of both the Bengals and the Reds, and he has been spotted wearing a Bengals T-shirt while on the road.
He also once told Ed Reed the former Ravens safety “hurt him bad.” Baltimore is, of course, one of Cincinnati’s AFC North rivals.
George Clooney to Ed Reed at the Oscars: “You hurt me bad. I’m a Bengals fan” (via @DanHanzus) pic.twitter.com/VZW1edPmih
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 25, 2013
Harrelson has had a long and successful acting career that started in the mid-1980s with his role as a bartender in the sitcom “Cheers.” He became a Bengals fan as a teenager when he lived in Lebanon, Ohio, but he believes that while on “Cheers” he inadvertently cursed the team to 31 years without a playoff win.
The curse was finally lifted last season when Burrow led the team to the brink of an improbable Super Bowl title.
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Born in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville, Ohio, Electra is known mostly for her role as Lani McKenzie on “Baywatch” and her brief marriage to NBA legend Dennis Rodman in the late 1990s. Despite spending most of her time in California these days, she continues to rep her hometown Bengals — she posted a clip of last year’s AFC championship win in Kansas City on her Instagram account.
The legendary rapper isn’t a Bengals fan by birth — he was born and raised in Cleveland — but his friendship with Joe Burrow has led him to start rooting for Cincy.
Burrow is an avid fan of Cudi’s and has been listening to his music since he was a sixth-grader in Athens, Ohio. He and the musician appeared on stage together after the Bengals’ loss last year in Super Bowl 56, and Cudi even named a song on his latest album “Burrow” in honor of the quarterback.
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The renowned singer-songwriter was born in Springfield, Ohio, less than an hour and a half from Cincinnati by car. He revealed his Bengals fandom on Twitter in 2016, and he posted a photo with a Bengals hat last year to show his support on Super Bowl Sunday.
Game-Ready #WhoDey pic.twitter.com/IJMmEUICkC
— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 13, 2022
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The lead singer of former boy band 98 Degrees has long been a passionate Bengals fan. Maybe too passionate, in fact. Back in 2012, he proudly announced on Twitter that he had been thrown out of a Bengals vs. Chargers game in San Diego.
Just got kicked out of the chargers stadium and couldn’t be prouder! Go Cincy Bengals! #whodey
— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) December 3, 2012
The Bengals ended up winning that game, at least, even if Lachey didn’t get to see the entire victory.
You may know him as a controversial television personality, but Jerry Springer actually served as mayor of Cincinnati for a year in the late 1970s. It’s no wonder he’s a Bengals fan.
He even covered the team’s 1989 AFC championship game vs. the Bills: