Joe Burrow reacts to college football season potentially being canceled
There is one man who knows how important a single season can have on your career, and that is Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
Now with the 2020 college football season on the precipice of being canceled, he is showing sympathy for the players whose seasons are about to go away.
I feel for all college athletes right now. I hope their voices are heard by the decision makers. If this happened a year ago I may be looking for a job right now.
Joe Burrow is absolutely right about his last sentence. Prior to the 2019 college football season, Burrow was a projected third or fourth-round pick, not exactly the frame of a starting quarterback. While there have been exceptions (Tom Brady comes to mind) most starting NFL quarterbacks are drafted in the first two rounds.
Burrow would turn his fortunes and his career around though with his senior season with LSU, going on to have a Heisman year, along with a national championship victory. This astounding season would propel him all the way up the draft boards to being the number one overall pick by the Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.
While this type of drastic change is not common it just goes to show the possibilities of what can happen if a player has a great season. This possibility could completely disappear if there is not a season.
Even if the season gets moved to the spring the likelihood of any players who are expected to be drafted at all, especially seniors, playing drops exponentially. While some players who are currently in Joe Burrow’s position last year, trying to improve their draft stock, may choose to play in the spring in order to impress scouts, others probably will choose to sit out in order to prepare for the combine and focus on impressing scouts in Indianapolis.
This may create an interesting dynamic however, with underclassmen getting this opportunity instead in the spring with many starters choosing not to play. With so many moving pieces nobody is sure of what will happen in the next nine months.