Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow is completely dialed in right now.
Burrow, who was the top selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, will earn a fully-guaranteed $36.1 million over the next four years.
That’s a lot of cash, but it’s probably a bargain for the Bengals.
Burrow has the potential to turn Cincinnati into a contender. And it’s not just because of his abilities on the field (which are elite, of course). It’s also because of how Burrow approaches football when he’s on his own time.
There are no distractions for Joe Burrow
Burrow spoke to reporters this week after signing his deal and he made it clear that there would be no distractions for him.
The former LSU standout was specifically discussing the talk of already being the face of the franchise.
“I try not to pay attention to all that stuff. My job is here to be the best I can today and get better every single day. That’s all I’m focused on right now. I let everybody else do all that talking,” said Burrow to reporters (via The Athletic).
That’s a pretty standard response to that question that almost anyone in Burrow’s position would give.
But the difference is that Burrow actually means it. And there’s proof.
Burrow is so dialed into working on being a better football player that he didn’t even know for sure that the NFL has canceled all preseason games.
“I’m not sure — do we, I don’t think we do have preseason games. I’m not sure, to be honest. I’m going to show up and do exactly what everyone else tells me,” said Burrow when asked about preseason preparation.
That quote shows everyone that Burrow doesn’t pay a bit of attention to what’s being said in the media. He doesn’t care. He just wants to work, get better, and lead his new team.
This is exactly why Burrow has a legitimate chance to turn the Bengals into a major threat in the AFC.