In his rise to becoming the expected first-overall pick in this year’s draft, former LSU standout quarterback Joe Burrow has embraced the spotlight. Burrow has become one of the most recognizable sports figures over the last several months. During that time, it has also become quite clear that he’s quite confident in his abilities on the football field. That has been part of his persona that has helped fuel his success. Before his blossoming football career, he pursued a path on the basketball court back in high school. With that in mind, Burrow has made a confident statement on what he could do in an NBA game.
Joe Burrow’s confidence
If there is one thing that has rang clear over the last year, is that Burrow has no shortage of confidence in himself.
The former LSU quarterback put that on display behind his historic 2019 campaign as he guided the school to a national championship. Burrow put up incredible production as he finished with an NCAA record 60 touchdown passes along with being third all-time with 5,671 passing yards and a 202 passer rating.
Burrow was the driving force to the Tigers pushing their way toward an undefeated season that was capped off with an impressive run to a national championship. In the title game against Clemson, he threw for 463 yards with six total touchdowns, with five of them being passing. Many have viewed his 2019 season as being the greatest single-season that any quarterback has had in Division 1 history at the collegiate level.
.That has sprouted a greater confidence in his ability on the football field, which has pushed over to other areas.
Joe Burrow believes he can score 12 to 15 points in an NBA game
Before Burrow took off into stardom with a promising NFL career ahead, he had put forth a strong showing on the basketball court.
He was a two-sport athlete in high school that saw him both be the starting quarterback at Athens High school and the starting point guard. He had averaged 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest in his senior year. That shouldn’t come as a surprise that Burrow voice during a recent interview with Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report that he could score 12 to 15 points in an NBA game if given a month to prepare.
“I could spot up in the corner and get 12 to 15, make a couple threes,” he said. “You gotta put me on a team with, like, LeBron or Chris Paul or someone and I can just spot up in the corner and let them go to work and kick it to me, though.”
Burrow is quite confident in himself but kept it straight forward as did state that he would need a playmaking player to help him get those points. He did show to be a decent shooter in high school behind a nice shooting stroke. He also noted that he wouldn’t be able to guard any of those players and likely foul out.
Nonetheless, it goes to show that Burrow has a strong belief in his athletic ability.
Bright NFL future ahead of Joe Burrow
Although it would be quite entertaining to see Burrow attempt to play against NBA players, he has a bright NFL future ahead of him.
He is expected to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. That presents him the chance to guide his hometown team back to prominence in the league after what’s been a disappointing stretch over the last few years.
It’s a chance to prove that his historic 2019 season at LSU was a sign of what’s to come at the next level. He will need plenty of that self-confidence to guide him forward to find success in the NFL in what could be a promising career.