Joe Burrow has experienced an incredible rise to stardom that earned him the first overall selection in the 2020 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Burrow has the keys to the franchise in his hands to guide the Bengals to prominence. However, Burrow’s journey has taken off to great heights due to his historic senior campaign at LSU that made him a household name. That’s something that he hasn’t taken for granted in any regard.
Joe Burrow’s rise to football stardom
Joe Burrow’s collegiate football career didn’t start on the path that he hoped through his first three seasons.
He spent that time at Ohio State, where he received little playing time. That began with him redshirting his first year while the following two seasons saw him serve as J.T. Barrett’s backup. He got his break after he transferred to LSU in May 2018 after it became clear Dwayne Haskins would be named the starter.
Burrow guided the Tigers to a 10-3 mark while finishing sixth overall in the final AP poll in the 2018 season. He soared into stardom in his senior year, where he put together one of the greatest single seasons for a quarterback at the collegiate level.
Burrow put up impressive production as he finished with an NCAA record 60 touchdown passes along with being third all-time with 5,671 passing yards on 76.3% completion rate and a 202 passer rating that earned him the Heisman Trophy award. He also led LSU to an undefeated season highlighted with an incredible run to a national championship. In the title game against Clemson, he threw for 463 yards with six total touchdowns, five of them being passing.
That path to tremendous success was created by an opportunity to play the 2019 season, which he’s quite grateful for that situation.
Joe Burrow’s football career could have been quite different
Following his historic senior campaign, Joe Burrow is in a promising spot in the NFL.
Burrow has the opportunity to be the franchise cornerstone for the Bengals for many years ahead. However, the 23-year-old has voiced on Twitter that he realizes that his life could be much different had his senior season been this year instead of 2019.
“I feel for all college athletes right now. I hope their voices are heard by the decision makers. If this happened a year ago I may be looking for a job right now.”
Burrow established himself as a viable starter at the collegiate level, but it was his senior season that put him on the map. That allowed him to show his impressive ability under center to take that next step forward in his maturation. His performance last season earned him the opportunity to be chosen as the top overall pick.
It’s fair to say that his life would be in an entirely different situation had his senior year been on the verge of being canceled due to the coronavirus. Timing is everything, and Burrow was quite fortunate not to have to work through what may collegiate football players are dealing with this year.
Bengals’ future ahead
Joe Burrow has the prime opportunity ahead to play a significant factor in the Bengals’ future.
Cincinnati has all their hope lined up with Burrow being their answer under center. The franchise has struggled to break through over the last few seasons, which has seen their offense become stagnant due to injuries and inconsistency. The Bengals have made it clear that Burrow will be the start to begin the 2020 season.
He will have some formidable offensive weapons with Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green along with star running back Joe Mixon, wideout Tyler Boyd, and promising rookie Tee Higgins. The Bengals are hoping that Burrow can excel in Zac Taylor’s offensive scheme. There will be struggles along the way, but the building blocks could be there to put something special together.