Joe Burrow is a Cincinnati Bengal and he’s had the last three weeks to think about what he said on social media following his team’s 18-14 win over the Ravens. Was it an offhanded remark or did Joe really mean that losing would betray everything that meant?
Joe Burrow is a Cincinnati Bengals quarterback who has had to work hard for success. His recent comment shows why his Bengals success carries extra significance for him and Cincy’s fans.
Cincinnati has been pinching itself for the entire NFL season. The Cincinnati Bengals have finally discovered a franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow, after years of subpar and downright awful quarterback performance.
Burrow has rescued the Bengals from the abyss of the NFL and turned them into legitimate Super Bowl contenders. But it’s not simply because the Bengals have been a chronic laughingstock that the quarterback’s success in Cincinnati is significant.
Burrow’s Bengals triumph matters much more since he’s “from Ohio,” as he remarked on Sunday.
The Cincinnati Bengals have been converted by Joe Burrow into Super Bowl candidates.
On Jan. 2, 2022, Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals departs the field after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs. | Getty Images/Dylan Buell
The Bengals haven’t been a true powerhouse in the NFL in a long time.
Sure, they had exciting teams with Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson (Ochocinco), but they only reached the playoffs twice, and both times they lost in the wild-card round. Cincy also had some success with Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, and their outstanding defense, reaching the playoffs five consecutive years from 2011 to 2015, but losing in the wild-card round each year.
In fact, the Bengals haven’t won a postseason game since 1990, despite the fact that they have yet to win a Lombardi Trophy. In the 1980s, they made two Super Bowl appearances, both of which they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in one-score games.
Burrow has now resurrected the squad from the ashes, following a cumulative 25-53-2 record from 2016 to 2020. He’s got the city rocking and tasting a lot more than just Skyline Chili; he’s got the city taste football success and what it’s like to have championship ambitions.
Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals are the AFC North champions with a record of 10-6. The Bengals offense has become one of the most dynamic in the NFL because to him and his excellent receiving corps, which includes rookie phenom Ja’Marr Chase. They even showed it in Week 17 when they went toe-to-toe with the two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs (and defeated them).
This achievement means a lot to Cincinnati and the state of Ohio in general, which is why it means so much to Burrow.
‘It means more to me since I’m from Ohio,’ says Joe Burrow.
A reporter asked Joe Burrow after the Bengals’ AFC North-clinching victory against the Chiefs on Sunday whether the division championship meant anything to him because of the skeptics who said he wouldn’t flourish in Cincinnati.
His rejoinder, on the other hand, focused on his ties to the state of Ohio.
According to a tweet from Fox 19’s Jeremy Rauch, he remarked, “I would argue it means more since I’m from Ohio.” “I’m familiar with the Bengals’ past. I know our current ownership has received a lot of flak, but they do an excellent job and have done an excellent job establishing this club. As a result, the Brown family deserves a lot of praise for their efforts. They hired [head coach] Zac [Taylor] very well. From the top down, we couldn’t have wished for a better environment.”
Here’s the cliff-notes version of Burrow’s meteoric rise to fame, in case you missed it.
Joe grew up in Athens, Ohio, where his father, Jimmy Burrow, was the defensive coordinator for the Ohio University Bobcats for nearly a decade. He went to Ohio State University after a stellar career at Athens High School, where he sat behind Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, and Dwayne Haskins. He didn’t receive a lot of playing time with the Buckeyes, so he went to LSU.
Burrow returned to Ohio after leading LSU to a national title and earning the Heisman Trophy in 2019. The Bengals picked him with the first overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Now, he’s aiming to win a Super Bowl for his home state, which would certainly mean a bit more to him than winning one for a different club.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton may join a select club of professional sportsmen who have won titles in their home states.
Winning a championship at home means a lot more. We saw LeBron James’ emotions when the Cleveland Cavaliers won an NBA championship in 2016 for Northeast Ohio, where he grew up.
Burrow may not be from Cincinnati, but he would still be representing the state that helped shape him into the guy he is today.
He wouldn’t be the first professional athlete to do so.
In addition to LeBron James, baseball icons Pete Rose and Barry Larkin hail from Ohio (particularly, Cincinnati) and both won World Series championships with the Cincinnati Reds. Cal Ripkin Jr. was raised in Maryland and played for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1983 World Series. Clyde Drexler grew up in Houston, attended to high school there, and went on to coach the University of Houston to two Final Four appearances before winning the NBA title with the Houston Rockets in 1995.
Joe Burrow might have found success on any club in the 2020 draft, but doing it with people and places he grew up with is likely to be more meaningful. He now has the opportunity to push Cincinnati to new heights.
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