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Joe Burrow on Tom Brady comparisons: ‘Don’t do that to me’

Joe Burrow has already been saddled with monumental-enough expectations and enormous pressure that can be attributed solely to his status as the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. With that in mind, the young quarterback would appreciate it if analysts and the like put the kibosh on comparing him to the G.O.A.T. before he’s even taken an NFL snap.

Burrow’s considerable talents have already elicited arguably unfair comparisons to some of the all-time greats throughout the evaluation process leading up the draft, including likening his skill set and mentality to the likes of Joe Montana, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.

Making matters worse for Burrow, college football analyst Ryan Leaf has also stated that the former LSU quarterback reminds him “a ton of Tom Brady.” Burrow astutely pushed back on such a notion, however flattering the compliment.

“Please don’t compare me to the best player of all time,” Burrow said this week during an appearance on NFL Network, per Shea Dixon of 247Sports. “Let me do my own thing. Don’t do that to me. Please.”

When told that it’s high praise, Burrow was quick to counter, “It is. But it’s Tom Brady.”

Burrow has showcased no shortage of confidence in himself ahead of the near-universal expectation that the Cincinnati Bengals will take him with the top pick in the draft on April 23.

That being said, the fact that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner quickly brushed aside comparisons to Brady — even in a theoretical sense — certainly suggests he has the foresight and wisdom to recognize no good would ever come from lending credence to such a sentiment.