Joe Burrow “started updating that resume” during his time at Ohio State

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Joe Burrow came pretty much out of nowhere in 2019 with the kind of season at LSU that made him the first pick in the 2020 draft. It was as unexpected for him as it was for those who witnessed it.

In a recent interview with Chris Simms, Burrow admitted that he had moments of near-resignation during a three-year stretch at Ohio State of not playing.

“I was putting in the same work that I always put in and wasn’t playing,” Burrow said. “Of course there was self-doubt in that moment. I mean, when you don’t pay for three years, and you’re putting in the work and you feel like you’re practicing really well and you feel like you can go out there and make plays and do what you’ve always done but you’re not getting the opportunity to show what you can do, it’s frustrating.  And there were times when I started updating that resume, thinking about being an investment banker, or something like that.”

Obviously, he didn’t have to use his non-football resume. But it’s a reminder of the fine line that often exists, not just between being in the NFL and not being in the NFL, but between being one of the best players in the NFL and not playing football at all.

Players, no matter their skills, need opportunities. Burrow didn’t get one at Ohio State. He got his shot at LSU, and he made the most of it.

Without that opportunity to reach a player’s potential, however, the potential can never be reached. It underscores the power that football coaches have over a player’s career, and it shows that even great college coaches can miss future NFL stars who are lurking right under their noses.

For three years.

30 responses to “Joe Burrow “started updating that resume” during his time at Ohio State

  1. I think the fact that Urban Meyer wouldn’t play this guy was/is further proof that he was terrible at talent evaluation.

    Urban just recruited 4 and 5 stars and never allowed people to develop.

    You don’t have that huge talent advantage in the NFL. You have to grow your talent.

  2. Great story, wild how fine that line is. Reminds me of Josh Allen’s journey of getting no D1 offers and spending a year at a JUCO emailing every single D1 coach his highlight tape before eventually landing at Wyoming.

  3. Is anyone actually surprised that Urban Meyer didn’t recognize Burrow’s talents?

  4. Legit question, who was qbing Ohio state while he was sitting on the bench?

  5. Someone remind me which QBs he sat behind for 3 years and where they are now?

  6. I’m sure there have been many very good potential NFL players who were misused, injured or buried on the bench by a better teammate in college. Thankfully Burrow took advantage of his opportunity and is perhaps the best QB in the NFL today.

  7. He was in one heck of a QB room at OSU. Now, those guys never turned out to be much of anything as a pro QB. Not sure what that says other than you never really know how it will all turn out. As a Buckeye fan, I couldn’t be happier to see how Joe’s path has occurred. I was incredibly happy to see him get a shot at LSU. I really wanted to see him get a shot at the Buckeyes because that would have been really fun. I don’t doubt that it likely wouldn’t have changed the outcome of LSU winning it all that year. They were so good.

    It’s been awesome to watch and I hope he continues to progress in the NFL, even if we Buckeye fans can’t officially “claim” him as one of our own.

  8. Name one other player in the NFL that you think could have take the Bengals to the Superbowl last year. Chew on it. Aaron Donald on Cincinnati have done the trick? Mahomes? Brady? Rogers? I doubt it.

    Burrow willed that team to success. The fact that he was not MVP tells you everything you need to know about the MVP award in the NFL.

  9. He is that good after going 3 years without playing, no offseason his rookie year and the injury. Not to mention the OL was horrible.
    Now he is healthy, full year under his belt and a #8 ranked OL per PFF.

  10. It’s almost as if Urban Meyer doesn’t have the slightest idea how to evaluate players.

  11. Well, the MVP voting takes place before the playoffs… But your point that no other player could have taken the Bengals to the SB is valid.

  12. Urb likes a mobile QB an wanted the dual threat. Glad Joe got his shot an made the most of it. I don’t like it when a coach only wants guys that fit “their system” an won’t take a talented player an put a system around him.

  13. Dwayne Haskins RIP

    Beat out Burrow when Burrow broke his hand.

    Went on to have a pretty great season and win a title at OSU.

    egomaniac247 says:
    June 24, 2022 at 8:34 am
    Legit question, who was qbing Ohio state while he was sitting on the bench?

  14. Guys like Meyer and Saban have no interest in playing the player who will be the best NFL player at age 25. They recruit and start the stud “early bloomer” who peaks at 20 and helps win games in college. That’s not a knock, but it explains why Haskins started over Burrow and also why many Alabama players don’t pan out long term.

  15. He was turned down by Nebraska twice as well. First when he was going into college and the second time when he was trying to transfer.

  16. gridles says:

    Great story, wild how fine that line is. Reminds me of Josh Allen’s journey of getting no D1 offers and spending a year at a JUCO…
    Good point. And same route Aaron Rodgers had to take.

  17. It is feasible that Urban Meyer absolutely recognized Joe Burrow’s talent. It is also feasible that Dwayne Haskins arrived as a kid with more talent. Meyer chose the latter to be QB1 – he delivered 50 touchdown passes in 2018! Years later, obviously, Burrow is a triumphant success in the NFL, and Dwayne Haskins, sadly…But 2016-2018, may have made complete sense.

  18. I’d love to flame Urban but six years ago, developmentally JT Barret and Duane Haskins were ahead of him. Quarterbacks develop at different rates and I’d argue that transferring to LSU was the best thing that could have happened to his careers – both college and now the NFL.

  19. asdfghjk says:
    June 24, 2022 at 11:16 am
    (Bookmarking these comments for when the Bengals are 3-4 in late October)

    About the same record they had at that point last season. Great point

  20. bd233 says:
    June 24, 2022 at 10:31 am
    He was turned down by Nebraska twice as well. First when he was going into college and the second time when he was trying to transfer.

    Of course Nebraska turned him down. LOL They have really fallen far from where they once were.

  21. Whoa! One of the QB’s took them to a 14-1 record and a National Championship (with the help of yet another QB who was on the roster) and the other one who was there during Burrow’s three years set all kinds of OSU QB records and was 13-1. Maybe that’s why he didn’t play.

  22. “…players, no matter their skills, need opportunities…”

    Perhaps the most accurate words ever published on PFT. The younger the player, the more this applies. Too often in little league, youth hockey or insert the sport name here______, coaches are either parents or buddies of other players on the team who belong to the clique, and as such will assign far more playing time to the own kids or their buddie’s kids. It happens all of the time all over this country – nepotism. Without a doubt the most despicable practice in youth sports “coaching” (if you want to call it that) across this country.
    If at all possible, youth sport coaches should not have a child on the team, so they have no horse in the race through which to live vicariously.

  23. To answer the question of who were the other quarterbacks with Burrow at OSU: Cardale Jones and JT Barrett in 2015. JT Barrett in 2016. JT Barrett and Dwayne Haskins in 2017. (Overhyped Tate Martell was in the mix too, and was also more of a dual threat QB). I agree this was all more of a system fit with Urban Myer. None of his college QB’s amounted to much in the NFL, and Burrow’s competition at OSU were more talented versions of Tim Tebow. Guys who could run and pass, but were not meant to be future NFL quarterbacks. Which makes me wonder why he recruited Burrow in the first place.

  24. Stories like this remind me that thank god Dick Vermiel gave Kurt Warner a chance to play.

  25. Burrow broke his hand in fall camp back in 2017. That bumped Haskins up to the backup gig and when JT Barret went down against UM with a knee injury Haskins stepped in and played well. One of the “what if?”’s of OSU football history. Big fan of Burrow, he played HS ball nearby but even after 2018 at LSU he didn’t look like more than a late round pick. LSU changed coordinators, opened it up with a bunch of empty sets, that insane 2019 run happened, Burrow wins the Heisman and goes number one overall. Funny how things work out sometimes.

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