The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for their playoff matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. After not winning a playoff game in 31 years, the franchise is headed to the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Ahead of their long-awaited playoff run, Ja'Marr Chase shared a story on how he was doubted before his successful college career. The Athletic senior writer Paul Dehner Jr. tweeted the short story Wednesday afternoon.
Ja'Marr Chase said there is one motivator that was one of his "best stories ever."
"Les Miles told me I couldn’t play receiver when I was coming out of high school."
Narrator: Les Miles was wrong.
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) January 26, 2022
According to the Bengals rookie, former college coach Les Miles told him that he “couldn't play receiver” coming out of high school. Of course, as Dehner notes in his tweet, Miles was completely wrong.
Chase went to Archbishop Rummel High School in Louisiana and was a receiver for the school football team. During his time with the team, Chase had 115 receptions for 2,152 yards and 30 touchdowns. He then committed to LSU to play receiver there.
Chase spent two years with LSU before taking a year off and eventually being drafted by the Bengals in 2021. He recorded 2,093 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns in just 24 collegiate games.
In his rookie season in the NFL, Chase led the Bengals in receiving yards with 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in the regular season. He also leads his team in postseason receiving yards with 14 receptions and 225 yards.
His college stats and his success in the NFL are enough to prove that Miles, who spent most of his head coaching career at LSU (2005-2016), was blatantly wrong about Chase.