Joe Burrow's meteoric rise to the top has been one of the most unique stories in recent memory. While he was something of an afterthought entering the 2019 season, the LSU signal-caller reeled off the greatest statistical season in NCAA history, earning a Heisman Trophy and a national championship in the process.
But just one quick look at his high school highlight tape proves Burrow has always possessed the big-time talent that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Joe Burrow High School Highlights
Burrow was a three-year starter at Athens High School, leading the team to a playoff appearance in each season. All told, he racked up 11,416 passing yards, 157 passing touchdowns, 2,067 rushing yards and another 27 TDs on the ground. He saved his best for last, though, earning Ohio's Mr. Football Award as a senior in 2014, tallying 4,445 passing yards, 63 TDs and just 2 interceptions.
He was more than just a quarterback, however, as he was named a first-team all-state point guard as a senior. Of course, Burrow chose football, committing to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Burrow famously had a rocky beginning to his NCAA career. He spent his freshman season as a redshirt, and he was a backup QB for the Buckeyes over the next two seasons. He transferred to LSU in 2018, where he put together a respectable season, throwing for 2,894 yards, 16 TDs and 5 INTs.
In 2019, however, Burrow broke out with the greatest statistical season in NCAA history, completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He added another 368 rushing yards and 5 scores on the ground.
While some were surprised by Burrow's sudden ascent, his high school highlight tape shows he's always been an immensely talented player.
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