Arrowhead Stadium will have a new name in Sunday’s AFC championship clash, according to one Cincinnati Bengals player.
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton told ESPN he’s personally renaming the iconic stadium and longtime home of the Kansas City Chiefs to “Burrowhead Stadium” in honor of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow ahead of this weekend’s big game.
“That’s just our locker room, man,” Hilton said Wednesday. “That’s just who we are. We got a whole bunch of guys that love playing with each other.”
Hilton said he coined the phrase after the Bengals defeated Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in the NFL Divisional Round. Hilton said he knew that the phrase would ruffle Chiefs players and fans when he uttered the phrase into the cameras of NFL Films.
It would appear Hilton’s salvo hit home as intended.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce told reporters that he was aware of the nickname. Kelce told his New Heights podcast that Bengals fans were putting a lot of bulletin board material on the wall ahead of the teams’ rematch of last year’s AFC championship.
Even Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes noticed.
“I mean trash talk is just kind of part of the game,” Mahomes told 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City. “I know our guys will be ready to go, and I’m glad we get to play at Arrowhead and see what happens.”
Only time will tell who has the last laugh.