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Vontaze Burfict goes from fan to enemy with quarterback Jay Cutler

Cincinnati's second-year linebacker, who has already established himself as an on-field leader, grew up as a fan of Jay Cutler. That ends Sunday.


This is how old linebacker Vontaze Burfict will make you feel.

When Burfict was earning countless awards in High School prior to his commitment to Arizona State in 2009, Jay Cutler had already been traded from the Denver Broncos to the Chicago Bears.

Yet, he and his family were huge Broncos fans while the future Bengals linebacker was growing up in Corona, California. When Cutler, with Denver at the time, was jawing with San Diego Chargers Phillip Rivers, Burfict stood behind his quarterback and developed a healthy hatred for Rivers.

"I loved that and hated Philip Rivers because he was talking to my quarterback,'' Burfict said via the Chicago Tribute. "Cutler's a great quarterback. People say when he's hot he's hot but when he's cold he's too cold. I've always defended him through cold times. But now I'm in the NFL and facing him. So I'll have some words to see if I can rattle him too.''

Now Burfict will be able to jaw with Cutler himself, and god knows Burfict likes to talk.

The Bengals beat Chicago 45-10 the last time the two teams met, with Carson Palmer having one of the best games in his career, completing 20 of 24 passes and five touchdowns. Cedric Benson added 189 yards rushing on his personal revenge game as a former Bears first-round pick. Cutler threw three interceptions with two recorded by Leon Hall. That day, Cincinnati's offense opened the game with four consecutive touchdowns and scored points on the team's first seven possessions.

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