Harambe the gorilla was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016 after a young boy fell into his enclosure. The silverback went to examine the toddler and was subsequently shot by zookeepers out of an abundance of caution. Cries of “Justice for Harambe,” became a viral meme for years after the unfortunate event.

The lifespan of an online fad typically is not very long. For Harambe, the jokes and memes just keep coming. At least one NFL star is going to be dedicating his efforts in the Super Bowl to the slain gorilla.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard appeared on the Pardon My Take podcast earlier this week. During his appearance, Sam was asked if anyone on the team had been thinking about Harambe. Hubbard surprised the hosts when he had an immediate answer.

“Sweet Prince, I mean, that’s our guy. That’s our hero. I think that’s known, kind of goes without saying. You know, we’re doing this for him.”

The Bengals enter the big game as huge underdogs against the Los Angeles Rams. They had to fight and claw to even qualify for the playoffs. If either team will be able to exhibit the fighting spirit of Harambe, it’s going to be Cincinnati, the city where the noble silverback spent his last days.

Sam Hubbard is trying to stay loose and have some fun. If the Bengals do pull off the Super Bowl upset, the memes will come flying. Harambe will be proudly watching from the big jungle in the sky.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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