9 Facts You Didn't Know About Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow is the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals football team. He also played for the LSU Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes, he is one of the top QBs in the 2020 NFL Draft and I think he is going to be a great quarterback in the NFL. Here's the 9 Facts You Didn't Know About Joe Burrow.

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9. Joe Burrow is an LSU Tigers legend.

Burrow is an LSU Tigers legend and fans of college football remember his incredible performances for the Tigers on the way to winning the National Championship in 2019.

What fans may forget is that Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow began his college football career playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes. After visiting the Ohio State campus in December of 2012, Burrow committed to the Buckeyes in May of 2014 after winning Ohio’s Mr. Football his senior season in high school.

However, due to seeing limited time on the field from 2015 to 2017 at Ohio State, Burrow transferred to LSU after the 2017 college football season. Burrow only threw 39 total td pass during his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons for 287 yards and two touchdowns.

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8. Joe Burrow redshirted as a freshman at Ohio State in 2015.

That year, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett split time playing quarterback. By 2017, when Burrow was ready to up his playing time, the quarterback position was far away. The future Cincinnati Bengals quarterback was behind freshman Dwayne Haskins on the depth chart along with Barrett. Knowing he wasn’t going to get playing time at Ohio St, Burrow transferred to LSU ahead of the 2018 season. Although a few colleges were in the race for Burrow, he chose LSU thanks to head coach Ed Orgeron.

Orgeron was able to lure Burrow away from the Cincinnati Bearcats after a weekend of talking football with the quarterback, his father Jimmy, and brother Dan. Burrow was also fed some Cajun meals that helped lure him to the Bayou.

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7. Joe Burrowʼs Dad also played College and Pro Football.

Jimmy Burrow, Joe’s dad, also played high-level college and pro football.

Jimmy spent time in the pro ranks with the Green Bay Packers, then with Canada’s Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders, and Ottawa Rough Riders. Jimmy played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers prior to being drafted as a defensive back by the Packers in 1976 as the 218th pick in the NFL Draft. He played in just three games for the Packers in 1976 and at the end of the season, was released by the team. In 1977, Jimmy won the CFL’s Grey Cup as a member of the Alouettes. Jimmy spent five seasons in the CFL before retiring and becoming a coach.

6. Joe Burrow may have been the first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, but coming out of high school, few college teams were interested in him.

According to QB Joe Burrow, he was told he wasn’t good enough before going to Ohio State. During his junior year of high school, Burrow had just one college scholarship offer. The scholarship was from Ohio University, where his father was a coach.

Burrow’s dad had starred at Nebraska, and the young quarterback wanted to play for the Cornhuskers. However, Nebraska told Burrow he wasn’t good enough to play for them. He chose Ohio State in the end, as it was the only big-time offer on the table.

5. Burrow went to Athens High School in The Plains, Ohio, which was near Ohio University, where his father, Jimmy, coached.

The Bengals QB led Athens High School to three-straight playoff appearances and posted insane passing numbers. While at Athens High School, Burrow threw for 11,416 passing yards, 157 touchdown passes, ran for 2,067 rushing yards, and 27 rushing touchdowns. He was crowned Ohio’s Mr. Football and the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior in 2014.

4. Joe Burrow led Athens High School to a 14-1 record in his senior season.

The team’s only loss came against Toledo Central Catholic in the Division III state championship game where the final score was 56 to 52.

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3. One of the contributing factors to Burrow’s decision to leave Ohio State after the 2017 season was former Buckeyes’ head coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer coached Ohio State from 2012 to 2018 and oversaw Burrow early in the quarterback’s career. Texas coach Tom Herman had convinced Meyer to sign Burrow, but once on campus, it appeared Meyer wasn’t happy or impressed with the quarterback. During practices, Meyer would criticize Burrow’s passing, saying things such as, “Not enough velocity. Joe...you’re a division III quarterback...you throw like a girl.” In the end, Burrow had the last laugh and could still be laughing with all the issues Meyer has had with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Today, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow gain the trust of his coach Zac Taylor and Bengals fans. Zac Taylor has great confidence in the Cincinnati Bengals QB.

2. Joe Burrow caught smoking a cigar in the locker room after LSU National Championship win.

LSU won the College Football National Championship Game with a 42 to 25 win over the Clemson Tigers in 2019. The team went 15-0 that season and to celebrate, Burrow and teammates lit up cigars in the locker room of the Super Dome, ala Michael Jordan. Not everyone was in a celebratory mood, however. A police officer at the Super Dome burst into the locker room while the players were smoking their cigars and threatened to arrest Burrow and his teammates for smoking indoors, which is illegal in New Orleans.

Several players laughed it off, but the officer wasn’t joking. Another officer had to quell the issue.

Along with smoking a cigar in the Super Dome locker room following LSU’s National Championship win, Burrow was spotted with a baseball cap that he wore while exiting the stadium. The purple cap turned heads because it had the words “Big Dick Joe” written on it in yellow.

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1. Joe Burrowʼs Girlfriend.

Burrow has been in a relationship with Olivia Holzmacher since 2017.

Holzmacher was born and raised in Mason, Ohio. The couple met while they were students at Ohio State University.

Holzmacher completed a Data Analytics course at Ohio State University and worked as a facility operations team member at Lifetime Fitness from 2013 to 2015.

Holzmacher’s Instagram is littered with images of her at Bengals games. She has over 29,000 followers as of November 2021.

Joe Burrow's girlfriend Olivia Holzmacher supported the young NFL star long before being selected first overall by the Bengals in the 2020 draft.

The beautiful lady is savoring every moment of her boyfriend Burrow’s NFL career.

Unlike many other professional athletes in the NFL, Joe has maintained a spotless slate regarding his romantic relationships.

Joe is a very loyal partner and is headed to lock her up eventually. Moreover, he never shies away to mention Olivia proudly. Likewise, she is also always proud to be around Joe.

We’re assured that Holzmacher and Burrow are on their way to becoming the most perfect couple on the face of the NFL.

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More About Joe Burrow

  • Birth date:1996-12-10
  • Birth place: Ohio, Athens
  • Nationality: American
  • Height: 6 ft 4 in
  • Weight: 215 lbs


Quarterback Joe Burrow signed a 5-year, $275 million ($219 million guaranteed) contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, thus becoming the highest-paid player in history.

Burrow will make an average of $55 million per year. The title of highest paid player in the league has changed ownership for the 4th time in the last month and a half - Herbert, then Jalen Hurts, then Lamar Jackson, and now Burrow have alternately received record contracts.

After being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as their first overall draft pick, Burrow signed on with the team for a four-year rookie contract in July 2020, with the option to stay on for a fifth year in 2024.

Like most rookies in the NFL today, Joe was offered a smaller salary on his first contract. This allowed Cincinnati to save some money, taking into account that Joe came from one of the most impressive college football seasons ever and could have likely negotiated for a better deal if not for the NFL’s rookie salary cap. However, this doesn’t tell us that Burrow’s contract isn’t impressive as it stands.

Joe Burrow’s first quarterback’s contract with the Bengals is worth $36 million and is fully guaranteed. Most of his contract is made up of a shocking $23 million signing bonus, spread out throughout the deal at $5 million per year.

Besides his signing bonus, Joe also gets a base salary each year. His base salary was $610,000 with a cap of $6.5 million in 2020, $2.25 million in 2021, $3.9 million with a total cap of $9.8 million in 2022, and a potential base salary of 5.5 million dollars, and an $11.5 million cap on total payments in 2023.

All of this puts Burrow’s average NFL earnings at approximately $9 million per year.

Net Worth

According to sources, Burrow’s net worth is $1 million as of today. But with many years to come on his $36.1 million contract with the Bengals, one can easily speculate that Burrow’s net worth will only continue to increase.

Aside from his outstanding rookie salary in the NFL, Joe’s net worth is also pumped up by deals with famous brands like Nike, Bose, Fanatics, and Buffalo Wild Wings, among others. While the exact numbers of these endorsement deals are not public, they’re good enough for Burrow to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

According to Joe Burrow himself, he plans to use only the money he gets from his brand deals and put his NFL contract money into savings.

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Burrow Named NFL Week 4 FedEx Air Players of The Week in the 2021 NFL season. The NFL QB Joe Burrow Won All national awards — the Maxwell Award, AP National Player of the Year, Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Unitas Golden Arm Award and Manning Award.

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