Bengals Have a New ‘Ruler of the Jungle’ Ritual
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The “Ruler of the Jungle,” begins this weekend during the team’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
Superfan James “JB” Brown will lead the stadium in cheers from a new throne placed within Paul Brown Stadium.
It’s made of concrete, has stripes on the back and a giant B on the seat. You may have seen it when Joe Borrow sat in it to show off the new uniforms.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) June 14, 2021
From the team’s website:
“Bengals superfan James “JB” Brown will be the first Ruler of The Jungle. JB’s fandom dates back to 1968. He is a recognizable figure to every member of the Bengals, including team founder Paul Brown who rewarded JB’s loyalty by welcoming him inside the locker room. JB has been to nearly every Bengals home game in team history and led the team out onto the field for many years. NFL Network produced a feature in 2018 showing JB’s dedication to the team.”
To this day, he’s never been an official employee. Never been on the payroll, never given an official title, never had a specific work schedule. The team’s taken care of him in countless ways, sure, but it’s never been a job—he worked at the Miami Packaging paper mill in Middletown for 34 years before retiring in 2002.
Here is a video all about the amazing JB: