Super Bowl Gives Chase Chance to Cap Amazing Rookie Season

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Professional Soccer Author

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ja’Marr Chase has turned in fairly the debut season, rewriting Cincinnati rookie data, incomes a Professional Bowl nod, and now scratching off one other aim to earn the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Yr award.

“I put it on my wall … bought that accomplishment, and that is greater than I can ask for,” Chase stated Friday, perched together with his proper leg over a bleacher within the stands at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus. “I am blessed to be on this state of affairs.”

Subsequent up, Chase can do one thing he could not think about sufficient to even placed on a to-do checklist. On Sunday, he may also help the Bengals win the franchise’s first Tremendous Bowl. The receiver from New Orleans says he by no means had a basic plan to play within the Tremendous Bowl rising up.

“My dream was at all times to make the NFL,” Chase stated. “That was my major dream. It was by no means to love, ‘Win a recreation, make this catch.’ It was simply to make it to the NFL, you recognize? That was my largest dream. And as soon as I bought right here, it was lastly like what’s the subsequent step?”

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Basketball was his first sport till he was 9. Then he picked up a free ball and scored a landing, convincing Chase to change to offense. He teamed up with Joe Burrow to win a nationwide championship at LSU. As soon as reunited with the Bengals, Chase says he anticipated to ultimately attain a Tremendous Bowl.

“As soon as I knew I used to be getting with Joe, I knew we had been going to be nice, so it simply was sooner than I assumed,” Chase stated.

Chase gained the Offensive Rookie of the Yr award with 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 landing catches. All probably the most ever by a Bengals rookie. He had 5 100-yard receiving video games. Chase already has set the postseason report for rookies with 279 yards receiving. If he has a minimum of 110 yards Sunday, he would high Torry Holt’s single-game Tremendous Bowl report for rookies.

A part of that manufacturing got here from the easy reality of placing down his objectives on paper.

“To see it has been finished, you recognize it simply looks like a weight’s been lifted off your shoulders,” Chase stated. “You realize what I am saying?”

Chase, who stated he plans on staying in his resort room till it is time to head to SoFi Stadium on Sunday, was very relaxed speaking to reporters all through a 45-minute session. He was stunned when informed time was up.

He laughed at a query on how he would defend himself if he had been Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

“He’s the one which’s bought to test me …,” the 6-foot Chase stated. “I’m not enjoying protection, I’m enjoying offense.”

Turning severe, Chase made clear he is wanting ahead to going towards the three-time All Professional.

“It’s a matchup I’ve been ready for,” Chase stated. “I’m enthusiastic about it and I do know he’s, too. He’s finding out me. I’m finding out him. We’re each looking for flaws proper now, so it must be an important recreation. I’m excited to get on the market and simply go.”

Now, the aim is sufficiently big it does not must be written down. Simply go win a Tremendous Bowl, tapping his expertise of serving to LSU win a title on school soccer’s largest stage to assist him together with his subsequent recreation. Chase stated that may make an important yr even higher.

Burrow wrapped up his second NFL season because the AP NFL Comeback Participant of the Yr, recovering from the torn ACL that ended his rookie season. With Chase solely a yr into his profession, the receiver sees this as a particular expertise.

“We’ve been enjoying collectively for some years now, and we’re getting higher, and it solely will get higher from right here,” Chase stated. “We each had unbelievable years this yr. It solely will get higher from this.”

Chase intends to depart his mark on the NFL, although he hasn’t considered what that legacy may very well be.

“I’m simply within the second dwelling it and attempting to construct it as I am going on …” Chase stated. “Man, a lot happening in my life, and I simply wish to get pleasure from this expertise that I’m having.”

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