Joe Burrow’s parents discuss the NFL star’s upbringing and career

CHICAGO (NewsNation now) – The longest season in National Football League history will end on Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams for Super Bowl LVI.

Both teams are led by the first draft picks – quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams and quarterback Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Joe Burrow’s parents, Jim and Robin Burrow, joined “The Donlon Report” on Monday ahead of the Big Game to talk about their son’s upbringing and outstanding career.

Burrow grew up in Athens, Ohio, where he played high school football and basketball. Jim credited the example set by his parents for helping put Joe on the right path.

“We pretty much took the things that we learned from watching our parents and our core values,” Jim explained. Jim said they taught Joe respect, discipline, hard work and, above all, perseverance.

“[We] tried to focus on that and introduce him to this different kind of core values ​​over the years and he seemed to buy into it. And he is who he is today,” Jim said.

Regarding the choice of football and basketball, Jim said he always knew his son had a chance to play football at a higher level.

“We thought he was a good athlete, definitely growing in all sports,” Jim said. “Tenth grade is when he really started being the quarterback in high school…won a few playoff games and then we could see he had a shot at being a major division quarterback 1.”

You can tell the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when it comes to talent in this family. Jim also stood out in college football at Ole Miss and Nebraska before playing a season for the Green Bay Packers and several others in the Canadian Football League.

Joe followed a similar path to football. He first went to college at Ohio State University, but transferred to LSU, where he played for two seasons. In 2019, Burrow won the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to win the national championship the same year.

Burrow, the 2020 No. 1 overall pick, made a remarkable comeback from ACL surgery during his rookie season to lead the Bengals to an AFC North title and first Super Bowl appearance in 33 Years.

Jim’s mother, Robin, said when they first learned of Burrow’s injury, they were skeptical of his chances of returning to the field.

“We were very worried about it, but we were very lucky,” Robin said. “Joe has a very strong team around him and his agent was able to get in touch with a great surgeon. Dr. Ella and his whole team of rehab people and physiotherapists really helped Joe recover from this injury quickly, more quickly than expected.

Now he’s looking to become the first quarterback in history to win a Heisman Trophy, a national college title and a Super Bowl. The Burrows said they plan to travel to Los Angeles on Thursday.

“We’re excited to get there and start enjoying all the Super Bowl atmosphere,” Robin said.

The Rams are stacked with seasoned veterans such as defensive lineman Aaron Donald and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, while the Bengals have younger stars, like Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, looking to make a name for themselves. on the biggest stage in football. .

Both Jim and Robin think Burrow has what it takes to lead his team to victory.

“We have faith in Joe, his teammates and the coaches to have a great performance and we hope and pray to bring home a win at Ohio,” Robin said.

“He likes being an underdog,” Jim said. “He’s always looking for something to put a chip on his shoulder. So I’m sure he knows exactly how many points they’re neglecting, and he’s going to use that as motivation.

The state is also behind Burrow. The Governor of Ohio announced on Monday by Twitter that he temporarily renamed Burr Oak State Park in Glouster, Ohio to Burrow Oak State Park to honor the Bengals’ Super Bowl run. The park is about 25 miles from its hometown in Athens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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