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Boyd has played in 89 games as a Bengal, making him one of their most experienced offensive players. He’s been through it all by trying to win it all.

Boyd: “I think it feels great. With all the hard work and all the teams and different things that I’ve been through. I’ve fought a lot of adversity throughout my career and dealing with injuries and a lot of things. Now to say that we are (collectively a) great unit all around. It feels good to me knowing that we have a superior team now. We can go out there and beat any team.

“I think in my lifetime (the Super Bowl) would probably be the biggest milestone for me. It would probably be the best achievement in my whole sports career.

“Like I said, that’s the reason why I’ve been playing. I have been through a heck of a roller coaster ride, ups and downs and injuries and things like that. It’s just like a dream come true. It’s like a dream. You wake up, then you’re playing in the Super Bowl and you win and you talk Disney World and you have your kids and your family on the field.

“It’s kind of a surreal feeling that I would love and want to go through. It (would) just make me feel so good inside and make me feel like everything I’ve done in my life, not just on the field and just everything I’ve done, making the right decisions, the right choices and staying out of trouble. For me to even be a part of playing in some historic game, it would mean everything.”

Hubbard’s football career has also been stationed in Ohio and he carries his state pride on the field.

Hubbard: “I’m sure later on it’ll all really sink in. But at this moment I’m really just trying to focus, week to week and get this next win. That’s really what’s gotten us here as a team and I’m just trying to continue that mentality.But obviously seeing the energy in the city, seeing the energy among the fans and knowing what this means, it motivates me every day.

“I just sat in for the last minute of (Boyd’s) interview and everything (he said) is so true. These guys that are here today have been through so much and to experience it with them is special because throughout the losing seasons. We all handled ourselves, (we) treated each other with respect and did things the right way all trusting that one day we’d get this breakthrough season and to never looked back.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people reaching out. It’s really cool how many people have thanked me for the relief they felt, the time that they had watched the games, the great memories they’ve had from these wins this year.

“Everyone’s been really respectful with my family and friends giving me just some distance trying to focus and keep this thing going. (Allowing) me to focus on the next game at hand and I’m sure whenever it ends and I’ll reflect back and enjoy it. But, at this moment I’m really just focused on beating the Kansas City Chiefs.”

Arrowhead Stadium is one of the loudest venues in the NFL but a welcome challenge for the Bengals.

Boyd: “It’s really tough. I think a lot of the guys and specifically Joe (Burrow) are kind of ready for that. Because guys like him and Chase and guys who played in the SEC, played against opponents where there were hundreds of thousands of fans in the stadium.(We’re) just going to have to be perfect on our hand signals and with the communication.

“We’ve got to stay locked in and keep eyes on the quarterback and he’ll just get us in the right calls and we’ll know will be doing”

Boyd is a native of the Pittsburgh area and is close with Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Both Boyd and Donald played college ball together at Pitt.

Boyd: “It’s really tough. I think a lot of the guys and specifically Joe (Burrow) are kind of ready for that. Because guys like him and Chase and guys who played in the SEC, played against opponents where there were hundreds of thousands of fans in the stadium.(We’re) just going to have to be perfect on our hand signals and with the communication.

“We got to stay locked in and keep eyes on the quarterback and he’ll just get us in the right calls and we’ll know will be doing.”

Boyd is a native of the Pittsburgh area and is close with Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Both Boyd and Donald played college ball together at Pitt.

Boyd: “That’s one of my guys, one of my closest friends. Just seeing him prosper and being the best player in the league. Seeing him compete in for Super Bowls and things like that made me want to get to that position. I know how hard he worked at how to get there. Now that all my hard work and everything that I’m applying to this team is starting to pay off.

“I’m very excited. Hopefully we can win this one out and then we can play against them. Hopefully he plays well, I always want him to play well. That would be really good to play against a former teammate.”

Boyd also mentioned 49ers cornerback K’Waun Williams is another former college teammate he could potentially face in the Super Bowl.

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