Joe Burrow had one of the greatest single seasons for a quarterback in college football history when he led the LSU Tigers to the national championship in 2019.
Burrow would go on to become the No. 1 overall pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, who he has now led to the AFC Championship in his sophomore NFL season.
But before Burrow became a household name, he was a backup at Ohio State.
Burrow redshirted his freshman year in Columbus before attempting just 39 passes over his next two years with the Buckeyes. Burrow then transferred to LSU and the rest is history.
Despite his lack of on-field success at Ohio State, Burrow reflected on his time in Columbus and credited those years for helping him become the quarterback he is today.
“I wouldn’t be the player I am without having gone through the difficult times I have,” Burrow said. “Part of what makes people great is the adversity they’ve gone through.”
"I wouldn't be the player I am without having gone through the difficult times I have. Part of what makes people great is the adversity they've gone through." Joe Burrow on his time at Ohio State and his transition to LSU. #RuleTheJungle
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It is a simple comment, but it speaks volumes about Burrow’s mindset.
Fighting for a starting job and eventually making the necessary move to get his opportunity allowed him to learn while improving his game. Now, he’s one of the best young quarterbacks in the game.
As they say, the juice was worth the squeeze.