Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah says ‘I’ll take a bath in chili’ if team wins Super Bowl

Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah walks out to cheers from the crowd during the Super Bowl LVI Opening Night Fan Rally presented by Gatorade Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah walks out to cheers from the crowd during the Super Bowl LVI Opening Night Fan Rally presented by Gatorade Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

LOS ANGELES — Shotgunning chili is for amateurs. Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah is ready to take his postgame celebrations to the next level: bathing in chili.

During Thursday’s media availability, Uzomah was asked how he felt about fans chugging cans of Skyline chili to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl appearance. While he called the move “reckless” and “awesome,” Uzomah said he was willing to take it one step further.

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

Uzomah said the idea was first presented to him while recording an episode of the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take.” When co-host Big Cat said he’d take a chili bath if the Bengals won, he jumped on board.

“He said he was going to do it and I said, ‘I’ll join you,” Uzomah. “Easy, 100%.”

Uzomah said Thursday he still plans on doing everything he can to play in the Super Bowl after being carted off the field with an MCL sprain during the AFC championship game. He ripped off his knee brace at the team’s fan rally at Paul Brown Stadium Monday, hours after saying he was determined to help his team get the first Super Bowl win in franchise history.

“I’m not missing the biggest game of my life,” Uzomah said. “I’m not missing it.”

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