There is no other quarterback in the NFL who has more swag than the Bengals’ Joe Burrow. Earning his first trip to the Super Bowl with a win over Kansas City on Saturday, Burrow has led the Bengals all season.
According to NFL Stats, Burrow ranked sixth in the league during the regular season with 4,611 passing yards, adding 34 touchdowns. He had a competition percentage of 70.4 percent during the regular season.
After just one season in the NFL, he gave fans moments that previewed a future great. After ten games in his first season, the unfortunate happened. Burrow suffered a torn ACL against the Washington Football Team.
He ended his first season in 2020 with 2,688 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and a completion rate of 65.3 percent after being out for the remainder of his first season in the NFL.
A long road of recovery for Burrow and a much-anticipated return, Cincinnati fans were eager to see what their quarterback had in store for this 2021-22 season. And he showed up.
Burrow has an aura surrounding him that just screams, “I’m cool.” Leading the Bengals to their first playoff win in over 30 years, Burrow has more class, swag, and style than any other quarterback in the NFL. Here’s a look into some of our favorite Burrow moments.
Comments After Ravens Game
Burrow has owned the Ravens all season. In both games against Baltimore this season, Burrow had combined 941 yards and seven touchdowns to beat the Ravens twice.
In the second game, the Bengals won 41-21, still launching the ball despite being up multiple touchdowns in the second half. After the game, Burrow made it clear he wasn’t going to apologize for continuing to throw the ball with a big lead.
He told Pro Football Talk, “This is the NFL…this isn’t peewee, this isn’t high school where you go out and run up the score. You play until the final whistle. I don’t care what the score is. We’ve been in spots where teams go out and do that to us. They did it to us last year. No sympathy from me.”
That’s how you announce your arrival in the NFL.
The Ring Finger
Everyone knew Burrow was different at LSU well before the 2019 National Championship Game. But that game cemented his status as a College Football legend.
Eleven minutes away from a National Championship, Burrow walked over to the sideline while pointing at his ring finger. To be fair, LSU was up 17 at the time, but the confidence to do that still with 11 minutes to play in a game is absolutely wild.
This was an iconic moment for Burrow and all of the LSU nation.
Mic’d Up Game Winner
During a game-winning drive against the Jaguars earlier this season, Burrow is hit with an all-out blitz. Everyone, and we mean everyone, went after Burrow, but he stood in the pocket and got the ball out quickly to tight end C.J. Uzomah who picked up the first down.
Being mic’d up he yells, “They can’t zero me! Put it in my hand. It’s over.”
After beating an all-out blitz, Burrow is so confident in his abilities he is almost daring teams to come after him.
The Famous Cigar
This is the ultimate Burrow moment.
After beating Trevor Lawrence and Clemson in the National Championship game in 2020, Burrow strolls into the locker room with a cigar. We have seen many athletes do this, but only Burrow could turn it into one of the most iconic photos/gifs/videos ever.
In the photo/gif/video, you can see Burrow smoking a cigar with his leg up and cross, NOLA bounce music blaring in the back, and a Natty, all in one moment.
It doesn’t get any cooler than that.
If anyone else did this, it would come off as “obnoxious,” “self-centered,” “conceited,” or “fake.” But coming from Burrow, this was authentic and legendary.
After recently clenching the AFC North division title, Burrow continued the tradition by having another cigar moment. We cannot wait to see what other swagger moments Joe Burrow has in store for us in years to come.