THE Burrow FILE
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
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Draft: First round, 1st pick, 2020
Contract: Signed a rookie 4-year, $36.1 million deal, 2020.
WAG: Olivia Holzmacher
NFL Comeback Player of the Year, 2021
NFL Completion percentage leader, 2021
CFP National Champion, 2019
CFP National Championship Offensive MVP, 2019
Heisman Trophy, 2019
AP College Football Player of the Year, 2019
Unanimous All-American, 2019
SEC Offensive Player of the Year, 2019
The legend of Joe Burrow continues grow.
When he won the Heisman Trophy in 2019, he told of the socio-economic woes facing his hometown are of southeastern Ohio. Burrow was more than a football player. And so it began.
The cool shades, drip jewelry, chic fashion outfits and victory cigars, Burrow has quickly become the face of the Bengals, Cincinnati’s version of Joe Namath. But he is more than eye candy.
After suffering a devastating knee injury in his rookie season, Burrow defied expectations by returning for the start of the next season, throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns and leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl. He was even better in 2022, throwing 35 touchdowns and displaying a maturity that was beyond his years.
Burrow truly came of age. He wasn’t merely a downfield thrower, as he showed with incredible precision at LSU where Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase became a weekly highlight machine. Burrow drew rave reviews for his ability to think through a game and work the field.
The one knock on Burrow, which isn’t solely his fault, is the number of sacks he’s taken. In 42 games he’s been taken down a staggering 124 times. With one knee already surgically rebuilt, the threat of another major injury is a concern.
The Bengals have worked to improve the O-Line, knowing full well the success of the franchise is at stake. Finding a franchise quarterback is the most important factor in building a Super Bowl roster. Finding one with brains, charisma, courage and an innate ability to play the most important position in football is striking gold.