Joe Burrow took the NFL world by storm last season as he went through an improbable playoff run to take the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl. He can do nothing for the rest of his career and will still forever be a legend in the city.
Right now, the market for quarterbacks is at an all-time high and Burrow is one of the top guys who will most certainly break the bank.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Burrow admitted to not thinking much when it comes to his second contract.
“As a quarterback, you’re not playing the same game as everybody else on the field. You’re back there and it’s more of a mental chess match than it is a physical toll on your body. So when you get a chance to show your toughness, I think as a quarterback, you have to. And that’s popping up and not having bad body language if you get hit and popping back up, getting back in the huddle and doing it again.”
He joked that he’ll bring the trainer now on trips, but won’t consider also taking a chef until “the second contract.” Asked if he ever thinks about the numbers generated by guys like Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson, he kept it light.
“I mean the market is just exploding. It’s crazy the number that these guys are putting up and I think it’s well deserved,” Burrow said. “All those guys are playing at the top of their game. They’re being paid accordingly. But I’m not worried about (it). I like to make jokes about it, but really, I haven’t thought about it much right now.”
Last season, he finished the year with 4,611 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. The 25-year-old is hoping to build off the success he had last season.
In the meantime, the Bengals young stud has called upon United States politicians to implement more stringent gun control policies in the wake of a recent string of mass shootings across the country.
“With everything that’s going on, if you’re not going to outlaw everything, you’ve gotta at least make it harder to get those crazy guns that everybody’s using,” Burrow said during a press conference. “I don’t think you should be able to just walk in there and buy one. You gotta be able to go through a rigorous process to buy something like that I think.
“So hopefully, the people that make those decisions figure that out. My job is to play football, but hopefully the politicians can figure that one out.”
Burrow is the latest figure in sports to speak out following the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 21 people, including 19 children and two teachers.