Ja’Marr Chase won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award last season, helping his former LSU teammate, QB Joe Burrow, guide the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance.

Of course, we all know how that game ended, with Burrow getting sacked by Aaron Donald on the Bengals’ final play just before he could throw to an open Chase for what could have been a game-winning touchdown. Still, the future is bright in Cincinnati for the former LSU stars.

Recently, Chase spoke with GQ for an in-depth profile. Asked why the Bengals lost the Super Bowl to the Los Angeles Rams, he playfully trolled his quarterback:

“Joe ain’t give me the ball enough!” Ja’Marr says, laughing.

Before fans get upset at Chase, it was clearly a joke. Chase then weighed in with some real perspective about why the Bengals came up short:

Ja’Marr tells me that during the game, he didn’t get the same touches he had been getting all season. He sighs. “I don’t really know, man,” he says, his memories turning to the victorious Rams. “We had the game, but we playin’ against [three-time defensive player of the year] Aaron Donald, goddamn.” Ja’Marr twirls a glass in his hand and starts to sound contemplative: “What else can you do? This is the NFL. It’s only so much I can control.”

Chase played in 17 games for the Bengals during the regular season, starting all of them. He recorded 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added 368 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.

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