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Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard walks the red carpet before the NFL’s awards ceremony on Feb. 9, 2023.

Ken Riley’s election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
may have grabbed the headlines after more than 30 years of eligibility, but there were plenty of additional highlights in Cincinnati during the NFL awards program on Feb. 9.

Including Joe Burrow, a man who has been repeatedly called a fashion icon, a beautiful face and a thirst trap. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback shared the FedEx Air & Ground Player of the Year award with Las Vegas Raiders Josh Jacobs. By now, Barrow’s achievements on the pitch are commonplace, so people often focus on his style, with pop star and NFL Honors host Kelly Clarkson said she considers Burrow a “rapper” because of his notable fashion choices. And when did the NFL try to show Clarkson’s dress? Bengals fans weren’t having it.

Honestly, can you blame the man? Look at the man:
But Burrow isn’t the Bengals’ only hottie. His fashion maven and Louisiana State University pal Ja’Mar Chase walked the NFL Honors red carpet in a gray suit, black sunglasses and white legs with silver. The receiver looked regal as other pros repeatedly joined him for photos.

Cincinnati’s son Sam Hubbard also pitched in for the event. Bengals defensive end – who had it incredible touchdown with 98 tough fumbles and returns and sent the team to the divisional round of the AFC – was nominated for the NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player’s impact on the community. Hubbard didn’t win an award, but he won hearts in a navy blue suit with black accents and a Sam Hubbard Foundation label on the inside lining.

Former Cincinnatians were there, too. In his speech after receiving the Defensive Rookie of the Year award New York Jets cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner shouted Cincinnati, where he played quarterback for the UC Bearcats.

And in an emotional moment, the NFL honored the heroes who helped save the life of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin after he collapsed from cardiac arrest during a game against the Bengals at Paycor Stadium.. On stage for the awards were medical staff from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and coaches from the Bengals and Bills camps, all billed as “Team Damar.”

The league shared a moving tribute to the way medical crews immediately went to Hamlin’s aid.

And then Hamlin himself, who spent weeks recuperating at the University of California Medical Center before returning to Buffalo, joined the medical professionals who saved his life. Hamlin acknowledged his new path to chants of “Triiiiiiiiii” — the number on the Bills’ jersey.

“I have a long journey ahead of me – a journey full of unknowns and a journey full of milestones. But it’s a lot easier to face your fears when you know your purpose,” Hamlin said.

Hamlin then shared how the UC doctor changed his perspective during his recovery.

“On my third night in the hospital, I met the intensive care doctor. His name was Yusef. He told me he had a similar experience,” Hamlin recalls. β€œHe showed me that he was okay and that meant so much to me. There was so much uncertainty at the time, and for him to come to me, showing me that I can live a normal life again, it meant so much to me at that moment.”

β€œSo I want to say a big thank you to him and a special thank you to everyone on this stage for everything they’ve done for me. And thank you to everyone across the country and around the world who prayed for me and hoped for me“, he added. “The journey will continue.”

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