How does an athlete know they’ve made a name for themselves in the NFL? When the fanbase he plays for makes him the subject of a parody.

During his playing days in Chicago, Bears fans adored William “The Refrigerator” Perry. The Clemson star’s big personality and smile, along with his ability to play, made him a fan favorite for years in Chicago.

Although he may not be as nationally known as Perry was in the mid-1980s and early 1990s, the former Clemson standout DJ Reader is one of the biggest stars of this year’s Cincinnati Bengals team, so much so that fans are now making parodies to show their star defensive tackle their love.

The Bengal Boys, known to Cincinnati fans for their incredible and well-made music videos, released a parody of Elton John’s 1971 hit “Tiny Dancer” on Saturday. The music video is a two minute and 15 second production titled “DJ Reader (Also an Ode to Kay Adams)”.

Of course, Adams is a co-host of the NFL Network show. Hello Soccer show, which airs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. She is also the host of People Magazine’s daily show called People.

The former Clemson star’s main subject in a well-done parody

The Bengal Boys, known to Cincinnati fans for their incredible and well-made music videos, released a parody of Elton John’s 1971 hit “Tiny Dancer” on Saturday. The music video is a two minute and 15 second production titled “DJ Reader (Also an Ode to Kay Adams)”.

Last year was “hell” for Clemson Baseball

As he and his Clemson Tigers opened preseason practice Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, baseball head coach Monte Lee was very open about his approach to the new season. Lee said there was no one to blame but himself for last year’s 25-27 campaign, the program’s first losing season since 1957.

Adams over the past few years has adopted the Bengals as one of his teams and the Bengals have adopted her as well.

As for Reader, he signed with the Bengals in 2020 after playing out his rookie contract in Houston. He signed what was the biggest free agent contract in franchise history at Cincinnati. He was the first step in the franchise’s recent move to build a consistent winner.

Reader signed a $53 million contract back then and since then they have moved into other high quality free agents on the defensive side of football. The Bengals also drafted Joe Burrow later that year with the No. 1 overall pick, then picked up former Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins in the second round of the same draft at No. 33 overall.

Last year, they took Burrow’s former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase with their first pick at No. 5 overall in the draft.

Last month, the Bengal Boys also did a parody in honor of Higgins called “Tee Higgins.” It was a one minute and eight second video playing to the song “White Christmas”.

Last week, Reader and Higgins played a huge part in the Bengals recording their first-ever road playoff victory. Higgins caught seven passes for 96 yards, while Reader recorded six tackles (five solo) and had two tackles for loss, including one on running back Derrick Henry in a fourth and a key save in the fourth quarter .

The 16-13 win over top-seeded Tennessee lifted the Bengals to the AFC Championship Game for the first time in 33 years. They will face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.

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