Former Cincinnati Bengals QB has high-praise for Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

As the Cincinnati Bengals continue on with training camp, fans are optimistic that this season could be a decent one for the team. After all, Joe Burrow is returning from injury and looks to build on what looked to be a promising rookie season.

Burrow has a tall task ahead of him, as this franchise has been deprived of any playoff success over the past 20+ years. Not only that, but getting there is a tough enough task as is, as the AFC North is no joke of a division with the other three teams all making the playoffs last season.

Burrow is the guy that many feel can make this Bengals team relevant, however, and former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason believes in the former No. 1 overall pick.

The quote above was taken from the Bengals’ official website and it’s hard not to be fired up when hearing/seeing one of the best Bengals’ quarterbacks saying something like this about the current signal-caller.

Boomer Esiason says that Joe Burrow is already a better player than he was.

Obviously this is a bold and untrue statement. Burrow still has a ton to prove and that’s not a knock on the guy, but an obvious comment about a guy who has 10 NFL starts under his belt.

Esiason, through his highly-decorated NFL career, played for the Bengals for 10 years while spending 14 years total in the league. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, one-time All-Pro, and won the 1988 NFL MVP award after leading the Bengals to just their second Super Bowl.

The league has evolved since Esiason last played in 1997 so Burrow might put up bigger numbers and that’s just the nature of the game now. We saw how good Burrow is as a passer during his final year at LSU (the year that put him on the map enough for the Bengals to take him No. 1 overall) where he threw for over 5,600 yards and 60 touchdowns.

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Joe Burrow has Bengals fans excited for the future and Boomer Esiason being on board makes the journey an even more exhilarating one.