Xavier Magazine

Masked Man

Brian Kathmann isn’t always himself. He has two alter egos. They tend to get more attention than he does and force him to live in relative obscurity, but the sophomore marketing major doesn’t really mind. Especially not since January when one of them got him a free trip to Hawaii.

On eight weekends a year, he becomes Who Dey, the mascot for the Cincinnati Bengals. He gets to celebrate with the players, dance with the Ben-Gals cheerleaders and make kids smile.

And, if that wasn’t enough, each year the National Football League flies a few team mascots to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, and this year Who Dey got the call. Kathmann spent five days on the island, making appearances at NFL events and spending some quality free time on the beach. He had to miss some classes, he says, but was willing to make the sacrifice for the good of the team.

Kathmann is also one of two people who work Xavier basketball games as the Blue Blob.

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