Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will took the field on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns for the first time since he signed a five-year, $275 million deal.
Burrow’s new contract extension makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history on an annual basis at $55 million per year.
“Means a lot,” Burrow said on Saturday in a press conference, per the team’s official website. “I work really hard to perform well on the field and think a lot about how I handle myself and how I can be the best me for this organization. And so to be rewarded for that, it means a lot to me. But, a lot more to do.”
Burrow’s football journey is one that many NFL quarterbacks encounter. He spent his first three college seasons at Ohio State, Burrow played in 10 games for the Buckeyes. In 2018, he decided to transfer from Ohio State to LSU. Burrow played his junior year throwing for 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. It wasn’t until his senior year as a Tiger, that Burrow threw for 5,671 passing yards, 60 touchdowns and six interceptions, securing the Heisman Trophy.
Despite his success at LSU and being drafted No. 1 overall in 2020, Burrow remains motivated to redeem himself after his experience as a Buckeye.
“I had some unfinished business in Ohio. My one athletic failure so far in my opinion is my time at Ohio State,” Burrow said. “I didn’t get to play. To come back and kind of redeem myself in that way has been important to me.”
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