Joe Burrow had a very good Thursday, and his parents just wanted to add to it.
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a five-year, $275 million contract extension. The $219 million in guarantees is second behind only Deshaun Watson and Burrow’s $55 million average annual salary makes him the highest-paid player in league history.
Burrow’s parents reached out to him as they wanted to celebrate their son signing such a deal.
Burrow responded with, “No.”
“Joe is only focused on the Browns,” Joe’s father said, via The Athletic. “That’s just how he is. Even this past week we were in Cincinnati and we wanted to stop by his house to see him for a few minutes. He told us ‘no.'”
Burrow was studying film when his parents contacted him.
“That’s just Joe,” his father added. “It’s like that all the time. Even for home games, we stay at his house but we aren’t allowed to come over until he leaves for the hotel. We don’t see him until after games. He’s super focused.”
As it turns out, he should’ve taken their offer because no amount of studying film could’ve prepared him for what was waiting for him on Sunday.
One day after signing his record-breaking contract extension, Burrow threw for a career-low 82 yards in a 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He completed 14 of 31 passes for no touchdowns and no interceptions. It was easily the worst game of his career.
Burrow failed to complete a pass of 10 or more air yards for the first time in his career as well.
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