Joe Burrow Biography Facts and Career Stats

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Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass. (Photo by Rob Carr / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow, can make football history if he leads his team to an upset of the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56 on Sunday. Let’s break down Burrow’s career. 

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Recently, former Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Fame cornerback, Richard Sherman, said this: “If I could have any quarterback for the next 10 years, I’m giving the nod to Joe Burrow.” That’s quite the endorsement, and who can argue? All Burrow does is win. 

If he leads the 4.5-point underdog Cincinnati Bengals to an upset of the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Super Bowl 56, Burrow will become the first quarterback ever to have won a national championship as a starter in college, a Heisman Trophy, and a Super Bowl title. Pretty amazing that has never been done before. A few quarterbacks have two legs of that trio but none have accomplished all three. 

Burrow is a +225 second-favorite at BMR’s top-rated books to add a Super Bowl MVP to his Heisman Trophy. Four players have done that: Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen, and Desmond Howard. 

From Buckeyes Backup To Legend 

Burrow is an Ohio native who started his NCAA career at Ohio State, but he was buried on the depth chart so he transferred to LSU. He became the Tigers’ starter in 2018 and led LSU to a 10-3 record, becoming the first player in school history to throw for 2,500 yards and rush for at least 350 yards in a season.  

Still, Burrow was not on NFL scouts’ radar entering 2019 nor considered a Heisman candidate, but then he set numerous NCAA records that season (including TD passes with 60 and total TDs with 65) in leading the Tigers to the national championship. That LSU team was ungodlily loaded on offense with Burrow, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and receivers Justin Jefferson, and Burrow’s rookie teammate Ja’Marr Chase. 

The Bengals made Burrow the unquestioned No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, although No. 6 overall pick Justin Herbert of the Chargers would win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Burrow was off to a pretty good start before blowing out his knee. 

This season, Burrow showed no signs of that injury in passing for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns in 16 games and then 842 yards and four TDs in three playoff wins, leading shocking upsets at Tennessee and Kansas City. Burrow became the second quarterback since 1950 to lead a game-winning drive in each of his first two career road playoff starts. 

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Now, Burrow will make the 10th QB start by a "Joe" in Super Bowl history. That will tie “Tom” (all Tom Brady) for Super Bowl QB starts by name. Both “Joe” and “Tom” have won seven Super Bowl titles. Entering 2021, Burrow and Rams counterpart Matthew Stafford each had zero playoff wins. This will be the seventh Super Bowl between starting QBs with no playoff wins prior to that season. In five of the previous six, the NFC quarterback won the Super Bowl. 

That Burrow is shown first during the national anthem is -130 compared to Stafford (-110) on the Super Bowl props. That Burrow is shown on the telecast smoking a cigar is +600 with no at -1500 – obviously, the Bengals would have to win the game. That Burrow will be compared to Macaulay Culkin on the NBC telecast – they do look alike – is +700 with no at -2000.  

Thus far, there is just one cross-sport prop for Burrow at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review): His total passing yards in the game at (-115) against the winning score at the 2022 Masters (-115), the first golf major of the year that tees off on April 7 from Augusta National. Whichever number is higher.  

The winner of the 2021 Masters was Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama at 278 (10 under). The year before, Dustin Johnson won at 268, the lowest number ever, but that was skewed a bit because the tournament was held in November due to COVID and the course was simply different that time of year compared to early April.  

Burrow averaged 288.1 passing yards during the regular season and 280.1 in these playoffs. The Rams allowed 220.7 yards passing in these playoffs and surrendered 241.7 yards per game in the regular season. That said, I don’t see the Bengals being able to run much so I expect big yardage from Burrow, making this a good bet.

Cross-Sport Pick: Burrow Total Passing Yards (-115) at BetOnline

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Cross-Sport Pick: Masters Winning Score (-115) at BetOnline

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