From Rummel to LSU, Ja’Marr Chase and Kristian Fulton followed same path to NFL playoff battle

Keith Fulton and his wife Michelle planned to meet Jimmy Chase and his wife Toleah for a meal in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday evening.

The NFL playoffs, which is why they were all in Nashville, was one of the topics that would likely be off limits. 

These two proud dads both know that probably wouldn’t be a good idea. 

“Jimmy likes to talk s***  and I like to talk s***,” Keith Fulton said. “We’d probably come to blows. So we better not talk about football.”

Instead, the parents wanted to just cherish the time together on the eve of the biggest games of their sons’ young NFL careers.

Kristian Fulton is a second-year cornerback for the Tennessee Titans.

Ja’Marr Chase is a rookie wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.

They’ll go head-to-head for the first time as pros in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

It’ll be a reunion of childhood friends who took very similar paths to the NFL.

Fulton and Chase both grew up on the west bank, where they played each other in biddy ball. Fulton played at Johnny Jacobs playground. Chase at Oakdale Playground in Gretna, the same place his family gathered just nine months ago to watch his name get called in the NFL draft.

Both starred at Archbishop Rummel High School, teammates for one season since Fulton, 23, is two years older than Chase.

Both went to LSU.


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