Where is Ja'Marr Chase from? 4 things to know about the Bengals wide receiver
Ja'Marr Chase has become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals.
His connection with quarterback Joe Burrow, which dates back to their college days, paid off immediately, and the pass-catcher developed into one of the league's biggest stars as a rookie.
Chase and the Bengals will try to reach their second straight Super Bowl on Sunday, when they play the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. But before the teams take the field, we put together a list of things to know about the two-time Pro Bowler.
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Where is Ja'Marr Chase from?
Chase was born on March 1, 2000, in Harvey, Louisiana, to Jimmy and Toeleah Chase. He attended Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana, and racked up 115 receptions for 2,152 yards and 30 touchdowns during his high school career, per the Bengals' team site.
Chase went to LSU for college and, along with Burrow, led the Tigers to a national championship during the 2019 season. He caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns that year.
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Ja'Marr Chase is the first Bengals player to wear the No. 1 jersey
Due to an NFL rule change on single-digit jerseys in 2021, Chase was able to pick the No. 1 jersey after the team drafted him No. 5 overall in the 2021 NFL draft. He became the first Bengals player in history to wear the number.
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Ja'Marr Chase career statistics
Chase instantly found success in the NFL.
He won the NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2021 after catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns that year. He then earned his second Pro Bowl selection in 2022 with 87 catches for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns in just 12 games.
Here are his career stats.
Not too shabby for a second-year player.
What is the Griddy?
The Griddy is a post-touchdown celebratory dance created by Chase's friend Allen Davis, Fox 19 reports. According to The Sporting News, Chase took the dance to LSU, where he and teammate Justin Jefferson made it popular with the team.
Chase then continued the tradition once he started catching touchdown passes from Burrow on the Bengals.
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