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Ted Karras on his viral moment after kneeldown vs. Titans: ‘It’s our right to tell them how we feel about it’

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Bengals had just earned a first down by virtue of a Titans penalty to all but cement a hard-fought 20-16 win over the Titans on Sunday in Nashville. All that was left to run was three plays in Victory Formation, usually a mere formality.

The Titans, however, didn’t view it that way.

On three consecutive snaps, Titans defensive linemen dove under Bengals offensive linemen and tried to swipe the football out of quarterback Joe Burrow’s hands and disrupt the center-quarterback exchange.

This, paired with a post-whistle punch, fired up center Ted Karras. He left the field yelling in celebration with some otherwise unkind words for the Titans and their fans. He then reached the tunnel with a bevy of adoring Bengals fans, and he began to celebrate once again.

The video went viral, which Karras said wasn’t the most comforting feeling in the world.

“It’s a vulnerable feeling when you’re trending online for screaming at a state,” Karras said Wednesday. “But just glad we got out of there with a win.”

Bengals fans, though, loved the moment.

Karras has quickly become a fan favorite in his first year in Cincinnati, as his charity work with Bengals merchandise has led to an abundance of fanfare. This week, he even did a weather report on the local news.

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“I think Ted is going to be a Cincinnati legend once his time here is done,” coach Zac Taylor said of his response to the video.

The kneeldown sequence from the Titans, though, was not unique in the league’s history.

Greg Schiano tried the same thing when he was coach of the Buccaneers, which didn’t go over well with Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

“I never fault somebody for doing everything they can to win the game,” offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said. “There’s still time left, still have to snap the ball. They were trying to aggressively see if they could get the ball back in that spot. There’s enough time for them to get in position if we were to screw something up there.”

Burrow had the same sentiment.

“If I was in that situation I would try to do the same exact thing, try to win the game,” he said. “It is what it is.”

Both Callahan and Karras said that they’d stay under center if they face a similar situation in the future, rather than opt for a shotgun snap to end the game on a kneel down play.

“I hope not, no,” Karras said with a laugh. “I hope that’s never an option. Let’s just stay under center for now.”

What led Karras to be so emotional leaving the field wasn’t the diving for the ball, but rather the post-snap extracurriculars. According to NFL rules, a player is automatically ejected if a punch is thrown. A player can also be fined for that as well.

But either way, the end of the game in Nashville — and his run off the field — has helped make Karras one of the more beloved Bengals through 11 games this season.

“You don’t have to concede, so that’s their right,” Karras said bluntly. “But it’s our right to tell them how we feel about it.”

Andrew Gillis covers the Cincinnati Bengals for Read his work at and follow him on Twitter @Andrew_Gillis70 for the latest updates

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