Joe Burrow is familiar with the role of an underdog. He lost the starting job at Ohio State to Dwayne Haskins and transferred to LSU. He turned his failure at Ohio State into a Heisman Trophy and National Championship with the Tigers.
Joe Burrow is no stranger to being a hero. When the quarterback transferred to LSU, the Tigers had not won a National Championship since 2007. Burrow made himself the hero of Louisiana and brought them their first title in over a decade while putting up the best stats by a quarterback in college football history.
In Cincinnati, Burrow has the chance to play both the underdog and the hero all over again. The narrative surrounding Cincinnati is one of doubt. People doubt the Bengals so much that they say Burrow shouldn’t even give them a shot. Burrow isn’t one to turn down a challenge, however. The LSU quarterback should be excited to take on the challenge of leading the Bengals to their first-ever Super Bowl win. If he were to do that, he would go down in Cincinnati sports history as a hero.
Burrow has made it clear he will not refuse to play for the Bengals, but the narrative lives on. Anyone paying attention knows the truth: Joe Burrow will be the quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Athens kid turned Heisman winner is destined to do great things in the Queen City.