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The Cincinnati Bengals will face the Los Angeles Rams in their first Super Bowl appearance in decades. Star quarterback Joe Burrow, and breakout wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, weren’t even born when the team last made it to the big game. It doesn’t matter to them, though. Both are doing their part to ensure a win at the end of the fourth quarter. Each appears to be leaning into some superstitions to ensure nothing goes wrong. One of the two won’t admit it’s a superstition, though. 

Joe Burrow wears one sock inside-out 

Burrow’s meteoric rise in the NFL could be thanks to his socks. Fans of the quarterback have noticed that his sock game is a bit strange. Instead of wearing both socks right side out, Burrow is always spotted wearing one sock inside out. It doesn’t seem to matter if he’s sporting athletic socks or a dress pair, either. 

Bengals fans have long assumed it’s a superstition, but Burrow insists he’s not superstitious. He told Aditi Kinkhabwala, a reporter for NFL Media, that he doesn’t consider himself superstitious, but the inside-out sock is just something he’s “always done.” He doesn’t seem interested in tempting fate by turning that sock right side out, though. 

Ja’Marr Chase is more forthcoming about his superstitious nature 

Burrow might want to deny his superstitious nature, but his top receiver owns it. Ja’Marr Chase, the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, was spotted with a bunch of his teammates after practice in California this week. In a video posted to TikTok and Twitter, Chase is seen making sure his teammates didn’t “split the pole.” Chase responded to the video, insisting that his teammates walk right when they walk with him. 

Splitting the pole refers to splitting up from the people you are walking with when you encounter an obstacle instead of falling in line. Splitting the pole is considered bad luck because you are allowing something to come between you and your group. A simple saying is said to reverse the curse. Chase isn’t taking any chance, though. Instead of relying on reversal tactics, he just ensured his entire team filed through the obstacle in their way together. 

Burrow and Chase are hoping every little bit counts 

Superstitious or not, Burrow and Chase are both likely hoping every little bit counts. The duo, both of whom played for Louisiana State University before being drafted into the NFL, will have a chance to bring home the first Super Bowl win for the Cincinnati Bengals. If a pair of socks or careful walking might help to get that done, who’s to say it’s wrong. 

Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals sit for a team photo at SoFi Stadium ahead of the Super Bowl on February 12, 2022
Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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