Joe Burrow tells young athletes: Work hard in silence, don’t put it all on social media

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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow wants young athletes to know that social media is not the way they should be spending their time.

Burrow was asked today what he would tell young players they should do if they want to be in the Super Bowl some day, and he said it’s about what you’re doing when no one else is watching, not what you’re trying to broadcast to the world.

“Focus on getting better,” Burrow said. “Don’t have a workout and post it on Instagram the next day and then go sit on your butt the next day and everyone thinks you’re working hard but you’re not. Work in silence. Don’t show anyone what you’re doing. Let your performance on Friday nights and Saturday nights and Sunday nights show all the hard work you put in. Don’t worry about all that social media stuff.”

Burrow isn’t opposed to social media altogether — he’ll post maybe once a week to his 2.4 million Instagram followers, but Burrow knows that what really counts is what he’s doing at all the times the fans don’t see.

46 responses to “Joe Burrow tells young athletes: Work hard in silence, don’t put it all on social media

  1. What a great comment from this young man and QB ?

    I think everyone’s 2nd team are The Bengals this week, unless their your 1st team ……lol

  2. The legend of Joe Burrow grows everyday. This is is wisdom I would impart on anyone under 40.

  3. As a Pats fan, I think Mac Jones is going to be a franchise QB, but, damn, Joe Burrow’s is impressing me. The Bengals hit one out of the park.

  4. Very good advice. This young man is years ahead in the focus department than anyone else and no Joe has ever lost a Super Bowl. He won’t either.

  5. THIS is why I love This guy and why America wants Burrow to beat OBJ!

    A Browns Fan

  6. Love it, great message to all there. Proud to see Joe Burrow be a leader among his generation and in the NFL

  7. Good advice. The constant need for attention and validation via social media does NOT improve the human condition.

  8. The more I hear about and from him the more he is starting to become my favorite young player. Talk about someone who is well grounded. His parents must be so proud!

  9. A great piece of advice…there are guys in all of the pro leagues already who also should follow it.

  10. Burrow seems like a humble guy that hasn’t let all of his success get to his head. Hopefully he stays this way because he seems like a solid guy.

  11. This is what a true leader and winner is, not the show off ‘me first’ types that inhabit most NFL rosters.

  12. For those who don’t know much about Joe Burrow’s character…go back and view his Heisman acceptance speech. His position isn’t just for Super Bowl week…he is the real thing. More professional athletes should take his lead.

  13. I cant tell you how much I love this. Bayou Brady speaks the truth – I hope these kids listen (shakes fist vaguely towards window)

  14. Its great advice, but I liked it more the first time I heard it from Davante Adams, but since he is a WR, people seem to have already forgot he literally said this a few months ago.

  15. As a 44 year old lifelong Cincy fan it just feels weird to be getting positive feedback from national media/fans. Thank god for Joe Burrow!!!

  16. Burrow. Mahomes. Allen.
    3 reasons Bill can forget about the super bowl for the rest of his career

  17. Ever since I watched a rookie Qb from Cincinnati win the offensive ROTY (AFL, before merger) I thought Greg Cook was one of the best I’d ever seen. I still think if he hadn’t have been injured he would have taken the Bengals to a super bowl…. this Joe Burrow! First qb i’ve seen since I put close, Joe might even be better

  18. It is what you do when others aren’t watching that makes you a winner. If you can work as hard in isolation as you do in company you can compete and beat the more talented.

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