Joe Burrow’s dad cracks great joke about son signing Bengals contract
Joe Burrow officially signed his rookie deal with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this week, and his father could not be happier. So thrilled, in fact, he delivered a brilliantly comical reaction to the news.
Burrow put pen to paper Tuesday on a four-year $36.1 million contract, and Jimmy Burrow made an appearance Wednesday on WNXX-FM, 104.5’s Off the Bench to address how the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is now officially a Bengal.
What’s more, the longtime football coach made note of how his son now being a multimillionaire impacts him and wife Robin.
“We finally got him outta our basement,” Jimmy Burrow cracked, per The Advocate.
Beyond the jokingly expressed joy of no longer having to provide room and board for his now-wealthy son, the elder Burrow did seriously address how contract negotiations made him “a little nervous” at times.
“It was a process,” Jimmy Burrow said. “There was language that needed to be ironed out. As a parent, you get a little nervous when it isn’t a done deal.”
Most importantly, now with the contract issue behind him, the Bengals rookie can now focus entirely on preparing himself for the 2020 season.
“He got a lot of the playbook installed,” Jimmy Burrow said. “He’s also been throwing with a couple of his high school buddies at their old third and fourth-grade practice field.”
It turns out that Burrow did more than rise to the challenge of acclimating himself to the Bengals’ offense despite the coronavirus pandemic upending traditional offseason programs like OTAs and minicamps.
Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan praised Burrow in June for how the 23-year-old quarterback has been “exceptional” while making the best of what the young quarterback admitted himself was an extremely difficult situation.
And now with his contract in hand, Burrow is officially an NFL player and moving up in the world … and out of his parents’ basement, much to his dad’s apparent relief.