"Everybody's got jokes," Kirkpatrick wrote on his Instagram account with a picture of the tank.
Kirkpatrick knew he was going to get some ribbing after he intercepted a pass in the end zone, returned it nearly the length of the field, fumbled and recovered it just short of the goal line -- the longest such return in NFL history that didn't end in a score. He also joked that he was thinking "breathe!" the entire time during the return.
Kirkpatrick was fine with that because of the outcome -- the Bengals scored a few plays later and eventually won the game. It's not even the first time this season he's gotten some viral attention. He was also knocked to the ground via a stiff-arm by Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell this season. He's taken it all in good humor.
It might have been a different story if he hadn't recovered his own fumble, noting that he wouldn't have gone anywhere near Adam Jones on the sideline had that occurred.
"Pacman is cussing me out," Kirkpatrick recalled about what happened right after the play. "He's going crazy. And if I hadn't of gotten that ball, ain't no way I'm going to walk to that sideline with him. No way. No way."
This one might get some attention for a few days, but Kirkpatrick knows it's all in good fun.
"I can see y'all are going to mess with me all week! I can see the memes [and everything]," he said to a group of reporters, laughing.