LSU Football: Joe Burrow compared to all-time great NFL quarterback

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Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft, was compared this week to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

Former Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms said this week that Burrow reminds him of Joe Montana.

“When you’re watching Joe Burrow, you’re watching a modern-day Joe Montana,” said Simms, who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, on “NFL Today” this week (via CBS Sports).

Simms said Burrow’s “smooth” and “graceful” movements in the pocket, along with his “great feet” are what remind him of Montana.

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I think this is actually a great comparison for Burrow.

Montana wasn’t known for putting up gaudy stats — he was known for winning and being a clutch quarterback.

Burrow could end up putting up big numbers in the NFL, but his biggest contribution is going to be as an elite leader.

The thing that sets Burrow apart is his competitive edge. His ability to rally those around him.

Burrow gets his teammates to play at a higher level. That’s an intangible attribute that I think is overlooked when folks talk about Burrow.

Montana had that same attribute.

I think Simms is spot on here. I think we’re going to see Burrow lead the Cincinnati Bengals to the promised land and bring a Super Bowl to Ohio.

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Burrow is just getting started. The folks that wrote him off after a rookie season that was ended prematurely because of a torn ACL are going to regret those terrible takes.

The former LSU star is going to be a Pro-Bowl caliber quarterback in the NFL for a long time.