College championship was always top goal for LSU's Burrow

LISTEN: Jimmy Burrow discusses son’s drive to bring title to Baton Rouge


By: Mark Menard

#1 NFL draft choice? Franchise quarterback? Super Bowl winner? MVP?

While all these things of which others might dream could very well be in his future, and while he’s already put a ton of accolades on his resume including a Heisman Trophy, Joe Burrow will be exactly where he’s always wanted to be come Monday night when he leads LSU into a national championship game appearance in New Orleans.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to what his father, Jimmy Burrow, had to say on the matter.

“Basically, that was the bottom line that he chose LSU over Cincinnati when he decided to transfer from Ohio State,” the elder Burrow said during an appearance on WWL Radio’s Sports Talk Thursday night. “It was because he thought LSU genuinely had a chance to maybe down the road play in a national championship. That was why he chose Ohio State over a lot of other schools. They had just won the national championship.”

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Jimmy Burrow says the aspiration has been engrained in his son since he was young.

“Jamie, my son, [Joe’s] older brother, played in a national championship game in the Rose Bowl against Miami,” Burrow said. “I basically played in one against Oklahoma. So he’s grown up hearing about it and knowing how important it is to be involved in something like that. And yeah, that was his goal. And I’ve heard him say that, too… that the national championship is really what he plays football for.”

And so Joe Burrow has the chance to realize his ultimate goal in what will be his final game as a collegiate athlete. He’s likely destined to be the #1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and soon enough he’ll take the reins of a bad NFL franchise with the same gumption and grit he’s shown during his time in the Red Stick.

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But Monday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Joe Burrow will be right where he’s always wanted to be.

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