Do you know Joe?



Everybody doubted Burrow, but he blocked out the noise. Now he’s a National Champion (Photo courtesy of Instagram, photo credit to colinovermanedits).

Many people know Joe Burrow as a Heisman trophy winner, a National Champion, a cocky player, and a future number one draft pick in the NFL. Although all of these are true statements, the truth is: Joe Burrow is just a confident person who came from humble beginnings.

On December 10, 1996, Joe Burrow was born in Ames, Iowa to Jim Burrow, former Ohio University football coach, and Robin Burrow. At the time of his birth, Jim Burrow was an assistant coach at Iowa State. Later, in 2003, Jim Burrow took a defensive coordinator job for North Dakota State which meant that the family had to move to Fargo, North Dakota. While they were living there, Joe Burrow started to play in his first games of football. From the moment he began playing, people close to Burrow like Dan Enos recognized the talent he had for football at a young age.

After a few years of coaching for North Dakota State, Jim Burrow got an offer from Ohio University to be the next head defensive coordinator. Jim Burrow accepted the offer which meant the Burrows had to move to The Plains, Ohio where they ended up living permanently. The Plains is a small town with just over 3,000 residents located in Southeast Ohio. There, Joe Burrow attended Athens High School.

Joe Burrow had a spectacular high school career in which he passed for over 11,000 yards, rushed for over 2,000 yards, and had a total of 184 touchdowns. He also won the Mr. Football award for the state of Ohio and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year during his senior year. Although it seems like Burrow had it all made for him in high school, it was all but the truth. In Athens, Ohio, there is a poverty rate of 51.6% which makes it the poorest county in Ohio. Athens High School struggled to provide its students with the basic means for success and had to deal with damage from a tornado that hit in 2010. Throughout all the positives and negatives, Joe Burrow was able to be rated a four star quarterback and  ultimately attended Ohio State University.

Just when Burrow thought he was on his way to achieving great things, he struggled to make any noise at Ohio State. During his first three years at Ohio State, he red shirted his first, was a third string quarterback his second, and was a backup quarterback his third. Although he kept moving up the depth chart, it was nowhere near what he wanted or anticipated. Thus, Burrow entered the transfer portal.“Burrow transferred because he wanted playing time… and utilized the transfer portal to get a starting job at LSU. And he didn’t lash out because it was all love… He loved our program, but in the end he just wanted to play football,” said senior Alex Ross.

Burrow could have showed public displeasure with what was occurring, but he stuck true to his character. When Burrow entered the transfer portal, not many teams wanted him, including Nebraska, his father’s alma mater. After the process, he ultimately ended up transferring to Louisiana State University (LSU). When he first got there, many players and fans were unsure of his ability as a quarterback because all they knew was that he was a backup for three years. Through all of the noise, Joe Burrow persevered and won the starting quarterback role for LSU. During his first year at LSU, Burrow did better than anticipated. He helped lead the Tigers to a 9-3 regular season record after having just under 3,000 total yards and 19 touchdowns.

It wasn’t until his final game of the 2018 season versus the University of Central Florida (UCF), when things started going in Joe’s favor. During the middle of the first quarter, LSU was losing by a score of 14-3 after Joe threw a 93 yard pick six. During that play, Joe Burrow got laid out on a block from a UCF player in which almost knocked him out for the game. The key word here is almost. Instead, it seemed as if Joe Burrow was knocked into Joe 2.0. After the hit, Joe Burrow went on to score four touchdowns with just under 500 total yards and led LSU to a bowl game win versus, then, 25 straight winning UCF in the Fiesta Bowl.

“It represents his attitude. It shows that when he falls, he will always get back up,” said senior Andrew Frazier.

In the 2019 season, Joe Burrow was unstoppable. Whether he was playing number nine Texas, number seven Florida, or number three Alabama, LSU was winning a lot of games due to Joe Burrow’s abilities. Joe led the Tigers to a perfect regular season record of 13-0 with a SEC Championship victory over the University of Georgia. Due to Joe Burrow’s numbers, he was able to win the Heisman Trophy. He then led LSU to a semifinal victory over Oklahoma in blowout fashion and a National Championship victory over Clemson, who were undefeated in the past two seasons. Joe Burrow finished his season with a 15-0 record, a Heisman Trophy, a National Championship, a nice, big cigar, over 5,600 total yards, and 60 touchdowns.

“Since LSU hasn’t won a championship in 12 years, it should be remembered,” said senior Kaitlyn Runzel.

Through all the ups and downs, Joe Burrow was able to show that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible. This effort and dedication has helped Joe Burrow transcend into an exceptional talent, an inspiration, and the future number one pick in the NFL Draft. Joe Burrow was able to get through many tough times and was still able to achieve his dreams. Just like Burrow, you should know that you too can accomplish everything you aspire to achieve.