Why Joe Burrow touted to be NFL’s next poster boy? Examining the QB’s staggering college football record followed by impressive early NFL years

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ legendary quarterback, Tom Brady bid adieu to his Hall of Fame-worthy 23-season career along with the GOAT title, the Cincinnati Bengals star QB Joe Burrow is eying to emulate as the next NFL legend with Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Jalen Hurts on his way.

From small-town Ohio kid to Louisiana legend, Burrow has taken the football world by storm to be touted as the league’s next poster boy, garnering attention and sparking high expectations for his future with his incredible past track record of performance.

Joe Burrow: supreme college football record

Before playing as a reserve during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Burrow enjoyed his time in the Ohio State Buckeyes football team in 2015 and the squad went 9-1 in those games.

The QB later got transferred south to LSU as a grad transfer following losing out on the Buckeyes’ QB1 job and became the Tigers’ QB1 for two seasons and moonlighted as a hero with his phenomenal display of athleticism.

The Ohio native went 25-3 during his time at LSU, including a 15-0 national championship season in the 2019 campaign, marking an all-time great season by both a quarterback and a team and leading him to win the Heisman Trophy.

Joe recorded 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns along with six interceptions on a 77.9 percent completion rate during the SEC Championship Game and bragged the AP National Player of the Year award, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, Davey O’Brien Award, and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

He led the top-ranked Tigers squad to a 42-25 victory against Clemson and the team’s coach Ed Orgeron heaped praise on the young star saying, “He’s one of the greatest players in LSU history. He’s done so much for the state of Louisiana and LSU. We are so grateful to Joe Burrow.”

QB’s effortless transition to NFL

After being drafted in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the senior quarterback from Ohio proved his worth by leading his squad to finish fifth in the NFL in phenomenal pass rate and ensuring explosive passes that weighed heavier than the explosive passes of any other football team in the league.

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Cincy’s offensive line did a poor job in the 2021 season, however, their QB continued accomplishing his contribution to the team by recording a significant number of sacks- 11.7 percent of his dropbacks ended with sacks in Week 1, and 14.3 percent ended with sacks in Week 2 in the next season.

The Bengals veteran Joe Cool shed light on the fragile offense of his team in June while discussing their plans to overcome the issue.

“We just got to be more consistent, not rely on those big plays as much. Teams are gonna be playing two-high and making us check the ball down and all that, so we gotta be able to sustain drives and run the ball and take what the defense gives us.”

The 2019 Tiger’s target distribution improved to match the coverages he has been facing and his splits against coverages are now more equal than ever. He changed his play style as the game demanded it of him, however, the QB did so without a single drop of athleticism and has got only better by EPA per dropback and by success rate against two-high coverages than he is against single-high.

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Burrow‘s exceptional skills, on-field success, and leadership qualities make him one of the emerging legendary quarterbacks in the NFL right now and he is on his way to capturing the hearts of football fans worldwide while also becoming an iconic figure for generations to come.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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