Meet the Cincinnati Bearcat

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2010

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 25: Isaiah Pead #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs with the ball while defended by Tony Jefferson #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Meet the Cincinnati Bearcat

The Cincinnati Bearcat became the mascot of the University of Cincinnati in 1914 during a football game against the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  One of the star players on the 1914 team was a fullback named Leonard K. Baehr (pronounced “Bear”), and the Cincinnati cheerleaders began to chant, “They may be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side.”

And thus, the Cincinnati Bearcat was born.


The Bearcat's Experience

Aside from being the reigning champion of the Capital One Mascot Challenge, the Bearcat has seen his share of champions. Ever heard of head coach Urban Meyer? The Bearcat taught him everything he knows.


The Bearcat's Leadership Abilities

The Bearcat is an extremely versatile leader. With the strength of a bear, he has been known to lift several cheerleaders at the same time! And with the agility of a cat, he can run from end zone to end zone rallying fans of all ages at Nippert Stadium.


What Distinguishes the Bearcat From the Rest?

The Bearcat needs no introduction. He needs no silly nickname like most of his competition. He is simply “the Bearcat,” and he takes his mascot duties very seriously.


The Bearcat's Campaign Promises

The Bearcat promises to be loyal and enthusiastic. He promises to stay after games for as long as it takes to make sure every autograph is signed.

And most importantly, the Bearcat promises Skyline Chili for all!

The Cincinnati Bearcat: Ruling the mascot kingdom since 1914.