The former Bengals wide receiver has not forgotten his roots and remains a loyal fan of the Cincinnati community. He is excited to see how Cincy will fare in this year’s Super Bowl, even if he isn’t on the field for it.
People usually say you have to pay your dues to be successful, but Bengals supporters in Cincinnati paid a lot more than that. They had to endure loss after heartache for more than three decades before making it to another Super Bowl this season. However, witnessing their squad compete in the country’s most important athletic event has been well worth the wait.
While former Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu was a part of teams that couldn’t quite get over the hump, he was nonetheless ecstatic to watch his old club go to the NFL championship game.
The Bengals were where Mohamed Sanu began his NFL career.
On Dec. 28, 2015, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu during a game against the Denver Broncos. | Getty Images/Justin Edmonds
After a tremendous career at Rutgers, Mohamed Sanu joined the NFL. He was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Bengals, and he went on to become a consistent pass-catcher for the team.
In four seasons with the club, Sanu caught 152 receptions for 1,793 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2014, he had his greatest season, with 56 receptions for 790 yards and five touchdowns, following only Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green, who had over 1,000 yards in 13 games.
During those four years, Sanu was a member of several outstanding teams. Each season, the Bengals won ten or more games, and in 2015, they finished 12-4. They didn’t have much luck in the playoffs, losing each time in the Wild Card Round.
Sanu commented of his job with CTS Trucking in an interview with Sportscasting, “It was a terrific experience.” “We had a fantastic bunch of people. I had a great time over those four years. We had a lot of success. In the playoffs, we didn’t win when we needed to. We did, however, make the playoffs every year. There are players that go their whole careers without ever reaching the playoffs. As a result, I was thankful to have made it to the playoffs.”
After leaving Cincinnati, Sanu went on to have postseason success. He spent three and a half years with the Atlanta Falcons, reaching the Super Bowl in 2016 and even receiving a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game. He then played for the New England Patriots with Tom Brady before spending time with the Detroit Lions in 2020 and the San Francisco 49ers in 2020 and 2021.
His 49ers came within one victory of reaching the Super Bowl this year, but were defeated by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game. His former club, the Bengals, though, has finally returned to the big stage. They advanced to their first Super Bowl since the 1988 season after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in a dramatic AFC final game. On February 13, they will meet the Rams, who have a star-studded roster.
The former Bengals pass-catcher is ecstatic for the franchise he used to play for.
Mohamed Sanu played in front of a devoted Bengals fan base throughout his stay with the team. Despite the fact that they did not win a playoff game from 1991 to 2021, they continued to support their club.
And Sanu has a great deal of affection for them.
Sanu added, “I liked playing in front of the Bengals’ fans.” “They always had that stadium rocking.” You can see that in the way they packed the stadium this year…. It has a sizable fan following. The Bengals’ fan base will always have a special place in my heart.”
So, how did it feel to witness his former team’s die-hard fans and members finally reach the long-awaited Super Bowl?
Sanu was overjoyed.
“I was overjoyed to see them succeed,” he remarked. “I’m not going to lie, I was ecstatic. I know a lot of the people I used to play with; there are a number of players who are still on the squad, and you have a lot of new guys. Some of the folks who are still in the organization are deserving of that opportunity. I’m hoping they succeed. Every single person has earned the right to be there.”
How does Mohamed Sanu feel about the Bengals’ current lineup?
Mohamed Sanu’s Bengals teams included A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, Carlos Dunlap, and others on their rosters. But in quarterback Joe Burrow (a guy with many nicknames), wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, running back Joe Mixon, and numerous defensive talents like Trey Hendrickson and Jessie Bates III, this current iteration boasts a ton of excellent young potential.
Sanu, like a lot of other people, seems to be a huge admirer of Burrow.
“He’s incredibly self-assured, and he never loses his cool in a crisis.” He knows exactly what he wants and goes out to get it,” he said. “What makes them distinctive, what makes them exceptional, is that they can command themselves and know how to move in specific circumstances.”
Of course, as a receiver, Sanu admires players like Chase, Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, who have combined to form probably the finest receiving corps in the NFL.
“They’re one of my favorite receiving cores because they simply play so well,” Sanu remarked. “They have fun together.” They feed off one other and accomplish things in various ways. Ja’Marr is a large, strong, speedy, and tough receiver who makes difficult catches. He and Joe (Burrow) have a strong bond. They comprehend each other and are aware of each other’s whereabouts. On the pitch, you can see their bond. T. Higg and T. Boyd are in the same boat. You can see they worked hard over the last two years to develop chemistry.”
Sanu has yet to make a Super Bowl prediction for the Bengals-Rams contest. Cincy will have its hands full with Aaron Donald, while Los Angeles will have a difficult assignment in stopping Burrow and company.
He believes, though, that his former team has a chance, particularly if they can get the ball to their playmakers.
“You have to hold up (against Donald and Von Miller) as much as you can, as best you can, and get plays that will get the ball to your playmakers in space,” Sanu said. “Being able to target the defense’s weak places, and being able to do it consistently, the Bengals have a chance.”
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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