In the months before the 2020 NFL Draft, former LSU standout quarterback Joe Burrow has been labeled the consensus No. 1 overall pick for the Cincinnati Bengals. Burrow is coming off a historic senior campaign that saw him lead LSU to a national championship behind a Heisman Trophy award-winning season. That has brought for some lofty expectations concerning his NFL career, which is commonly the case for incoming promising talent to the league. One of those has been comparisons to Tom Brady, which he has quickly shut down, and that shows much more than humility.
Joe Burrow’s rise to stardom
Burrow had headed into his senior campaign after a respectable junior year that saw him grab ahold of the starting job with LSU after transferring from Ohio State.
However, he took off in 2019 as he took his game to the next level, becoming the driving force for the Tigers offense. Burrow set the single-season record with 60 touchdown passes along with a record eight bowl game touchdowns against Oklahoma, and a College Football National Championship game record with 463 passing yards. He also finished with the highest winning percentage (.893) in LSU history with a 25-3 record.
Burrow had some tremendous performances along the way while he stepped up to the challenge against some formidable opponents in the SEC. He followed that up by coming through in a significant way in the College Football playoffs.
All of that has placed some tremendous expectations ahead at the next level, which has included comparisons to Tom Brady.
Joe Burrow’s comments on Tom Brady comparison
Burrow has been lauded by many as being the clear frontrunner to secure being the first overall pick in this year’s draft.
With that territory comes plenty of expectations laid before him, which has shifted the conversation a bit towards comparing him to future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. In response to that, Burrow has quickly shut down any of that dialogue. (H/T Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk)
“Please don’t compare me to the best player of all time. Let me do my own thing. Don’t do that to me, please,” Burrow said.
The 23-year-old has the recognition that he shouldn’t be compared to Brady at this point in his football career. The Patriots star quarterback is widely regarded as being the greatest player of all time, and Burrow has yet to play a snap in the NFL.
It also demonstrates that the LSU product knows he must work to get to that point to earn that type of comparison down the line in his NFL career. That is on his shoulders to push forward towards finding success at the next level that could one day rival or come near what Brady has accomplished.
Joe Burrow’s NFL potential
Burrow, like many promising quarterbacks before him, has a chance to make his mark in the NFL.
His breakout 2019 campaign displayed that he can lead an offense with his arm to plenty of success. That may wind up seeing him land with the Bengals, where he will have the task of leading the franchise back to relevancy in the league.
Burrow will be tested like the rookie quarterback before him, but his demeanor, humility, and confidence in his ability could be crucial in the NFL. He has the chance to become a franchise quarterback that could part of the next wave of talent at the position that helps carry the torch when players like Tom Brady and Drew Brees finally step away.
If these comments concerning comparison to Brady are any indication, it’s clear he’s ready to build his own legacy.