Joe Burrow met with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday morning and answered the question everyone wanted the answer to.
“Will you play for the Bengals if they decide to draft you at No. 1?” There’s been some speculation that Burrow, the likely top NFL Draft pick, could “pull an Eli Manning” and refuse to play in Cincinnati.
Burrow did not hesitate with his response to that question, though. The former LSU Tigers star will play for the Bengals if they take him at No. 1 overall.
“I’m not going to not play. I’m a ball player. I’m going to show up,” said Burrow, who added that he will play for whoever drafts him.
So much for the idea of Joe Burrow not wanting to play for the Bengals.
Burrow: “I’m not going to not play. I’m a ball player. I’m going to show up.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2020
Burrow is an Ohio native, but he did not grow up rooting for the Bengals.
The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner revealed that he grew up rooting for two different NFL franchises, the Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints.
Burrow says he grew up rooting for the Saints, then switched to the Browns
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) February 25, 2020
Burrow is the son of former Ohio University coach Jimmy Burrow. He grew up roughly two hours from where the Bengals play.