In today’s news surrounding the animal jungle, Joe Burrow of the Bengals defeated Fiona the Hippo to become the most popular Cincinnatian.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has worked his way up the food chain conquering the ferocious and dominant beasts of the NFL, consuming the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and several other members of the elite quarterback species. The most recent foe he took down, however, existed outside of the football realm entirely.
It was a hippo.
Before you start to imagine a half-naked Burrow wrestling a hippo in the wilderness, his battle with this hippo was much more understated.
Last week, the Cincinnati Zoo proudly announced that Joe Burrow officially dethroned Fiona the Hippo as the No. 1 Cincinnatian.
All hail Joe Burrow, king of the Cincy jungle and worthy contender for the AFC throne for the next several years.
Joe Burrow beats beloved hippo to become Cincinnati’s most popular homegrown star
We’re not sure what’s more surprising, the fact that a hippo was Cincinnati’s most popular star before Burrow, or that it took five years for Burrow to accomplish this feat.
A quick Google search will reveal many famous people came out of Cincinnati including Steven Spielberg, William Howard Taft, Pete Rose, Jerry Springer, and Charles Manson. It’s quite the eclectic group.
But Burrow is arguably the only one to profit from staking his career in Cincinnati while the others moved out of the city and moved on to accomplish bigger and better things.
The Bengals quarterback isn’t nearly done etching his name into the sidewalks of Cincy, either; in the past two years, he’s made it to two AFC Championship games (and one Super Bowl) and is now absolutely itching for his first ring.
Until he gets that Lombardi Trophy, the hippo thing can fill in as a placeholder on his resume.