Jon Kitna dropped an interesting story this week during a podcast appearance about a former Cincinnati teammate who was under the influence of alcohol during a game.
The former Bengals quarterback had this to say on the Ryen Russilo podcast:
“There was a time that I played a game with a guy that was drunk in the huddle,” “There was a time that a guy showed up late to a game — in the NFL you need to be there two hours, two hours and 15 minutes ahead of time. And he showed up under an hour before the game and he started. Those are weird things now. That’s tough.”
Kitna did not name that player:
“I’m not sure if the staff knew but I think the guy was like… that was kind of his normal. I mean he was drunk and had close to 200 yards receiving now, so… it was crazy.”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk did some research and found out three players had monster games during Kitna’s time with the team, which was from 2001-2005:
Via Pro Football Talk:
“We’ve done the research and compiled a list of players that it could have been. Three had games of more than 150 receiving yards during Kitna’s time with the team. One had games of 189, 161, and 152. One had 171. Another had 152.
Kitna didn’t name names, so we won’t, either. There are so few that it could be that the ones who it isn’t should be upset that Kitna has defined the possibilities so narrowly.”
For the people thinking it was Chad Johnson, he has already alluded that it wasn’t him: