Joe Burrow Finally Settles Debate Over Whether Ohio State Can Claim Him

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Many Ohio State fans have been claiming Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow as one of their own for years now. But is he really? Burrow set the record straight during an appearance on Pardon My Take this week.

Ever since Joe Burrow won the 2020 National Championship Game against Clemson, while playing for the LSU Tigers, Buckeyes fans have been lumping him in with other Ohio State quarterbacks.

These claims were exacerbated when Burrow went to the Super Bowl in just his second year in the NFL – the first quarterback taken number one overall in the draft to reach the game during his first two seasons in the NFL.

In doing so, many Ohio State fans also proudly declared that Joe Burrow was the first Ohio State quarterback to start in a Super Bowl.

Granted, he did attend Ohio State for three years and threw a grand total of 39 passes for the Buckeyes in those three years, but it was at LSU where Burrow started his first game in college, and where he went 25-3, setting numerous passing records including a 202.0 passer rating in his redshirt senior season.

But do Buckeyes fans really have a claim on him? Former LSU great Shaquille O’Neal says no, but what does Joe Cool himself think?

“I didn’t play football there,” Burrow told Pardon My Take. “I mean, I practiced football there. Did a lot of practicing and lifting. I graduated.

“I usually tell people that I went to school at Ohio State and I played football at LSU.

“I got a lot better from practicing at Ohio State, but I didn’t get to play so I don’t really say that I played there. I got to live the backup quarterback lifestyle back then and that was fun. Got that out of my system and then was able to lock in.”

Sorry, Ohio State fans.

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