Larry Black Jr. signs with Cincinnati Bengals as undrafted free agent

Larry Black Jr. grew up in Cincinnati and has been following the Bengals since the Carl Pickens days, so he could think of no greater honor than being signed by his hometown team.

That came to pass Saturday evening, as the Indiana defensive tackle signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent shortly after the NFL Draft was over.

“It’s such a greet feeling man, to know that they want me, to know I was so high on their list,” Black said. “… It was a tough situation and it was really nerve-wracking, but being able to play for my hometown team, going to high school there, growing up in Cincinnati, having them want me so much, it just means a lot.”

Black said the situation was particularly nerve-wracking because the Atlanta Falcons contacted him before the third round and showed interest in taking him then, which he admitted would’ve been a shocker. The Falcons were still in touch all the way through the draft and were considering taking him with one of their final picks. However, the Bengals got in contact with Black right after they’d made their final selection and made it clear to him that he was a priority. He jumped on the opportunity to stay close to home, much to the joy of his parents and family.

“Oh my God, man, they’re in there crying right now,” Black said, talking by phone outside his parents’ home in Cincinnati. “They’re pretty excited to see me after five years at Indiana, being a good player for both coach Lynch and Coach Wilson, finally getting to see it all pay off.”

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  1. Go get’em Larry! Would have been awesome if you would have been drafted, but my bet is that you’ll offically become a Bengal this fall.

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