Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Joe Burrow has thrown for 2,348 yards and 17 touchdowns with only one interception this season. He is poised to lead Ohio State to its first-ever national championship game which would be the third in a row if he leads them there as well. What should fans expect from him next year?
Joe Montana and Joe Namath both won Super Bowls in their careers. However, Joe Burrow could join them in a little-known Joe Club with a Super Bowl victory this season.
Highlights of the article:
- If the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow wins Super Bowl 56, he will join Joe Montana and Joe Namath in an elite group.
- The winner of the 2019 Heisman Trophy would join those two as the only quarterbacks to win both a national title and a Super Bowl.
- Because he played in the National Championship Game period, Burrow will start his own team if he wins.
If the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft, wins Super Bowl 56, he will join a select group of players. Either he or Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, the first overall choice in 2009, will become the NFL’s ninth quarterback to win a Super Bowl after being taken first overall.
There is, however, a special fraternity that only Burrow may join if he wins the privilege to celebrate with the Lombardi Trophy, and it is presently filled by two of the NFL’s most prominent quarterbacks.
If Joe Burrow wins Super Bowl 56, he’ll join Joe Namath and Joe Montana in an elite group.
Burrow led the LSU Tigers to a national championship triumph in January 2020, as football fans are aware. In the Ohio State transfer’s last collegiate game, he and the Tigers completed a perfect 15-0 season by defeating Trevor Lawrence’s Clemson Tigers, 42-25.
Burrow now has a fantastic shot to add a Super Bowl ring to his CV after more than two years. If he succeeds, he would join Joe Namath of the New York Jets and Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers as the only starting quarterbacks in NFL history to win both a national title and a Super Bowl. Super Bowl 3 was won by Namath, and Montana won four games in the Big Game.
Despite losing to No. 5 Texas in the Orange Bowl, Namath and the Alabama Crimson Tide were controversially named national champions in 1964. The Associated Press and United Press International did not poll after the Super Bowl at the time. The NCAA presently recognizes Alabama as the national champions of that year, rather than No. 2 Arkansas. In 1977, Montana and Notre Dame were 11-1 and won the Cotton Bowl against Texas to finish first in the final polls.
It’s important to note that only starting quarterbacks are included on this list. Tom Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl winner, was a backup quarterback for Brian Griese when the Wolverines were proclaimed national champions in 1997. As a result, the three-time NFL MVP is not included on this list.
Peyton Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner, never won a national championship with the Volunteers. Vince Young never made it to an NFL conference title game, much less a Super Bowl, after leading the Texas Longhorns to a dramatic championship game triumph in January 2006. In both ways, the list goes on and on.
Only Montana and Namath are on the list as of this writing. Only time will tell whether Burrow adds another member to the group.
Because he participated in the National Championship Game period, Burrow would technically form his own group.
When examining the history of national champions in college football, the discourse may get exceptionally perplexing and infuriating at times. Various venues, mostly newspapers and writer’s clubs, have voted for national champions in end-of-year surveys for decades.
The NCAA didn’t believe it was worth it to establish a meaningful national championship game until 1998, long after Montana’s last game against Notre Dame. Another debate is whether the BCS or College Football Playoff systems have succeeded.
Burrow would become the first quarterback in the National Championship Game era (1998-present) to win both a national championship and a Super Bowl with a victory on Sunday. This club, should it exists, is in no way a criticism on Montana and Namath’s achievements. However, it’s worth noting that no starting quarterback has won both a national championship and a Super Bowl in the previous 25 years.
Not yet, at least.
Jalen Hurts and Trevor Lawrence, for example, still have plenty of time to join Burrow.
While at Clemson, quarterback Trevor Lawrence of the Jacksonville Jaguars earned a national title. | Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images
Let’s assume, as perilous as it is, that Burrow and the Bengals win on Sunday. Sorry for the terrible vibes, Rams supporters, but please bear with us for a while.
There were three current starting NFL quarterbacks (not including Burrow) who have won a national championship as their team’s starting quarterback as of February 2021. Lawrence, who currently plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, won the National Championship Game a year before he and Clemson were defeated by LSU’s Burrow. During the pandemic-affected 2020 season, Alabama was led to a national championship by rising star Mac Jones of the New England Patriots.
Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles is in an unusual predicament. Remember how, halfway through the 2017 National Championship Game, current Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took over and led Alabama to a comeback win against Georgia? Hurts started the game and, as a consequence, is eligible to play with Montana, Namath, and maybe Burrow in the future.
Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy and the national championship with the New Orleans Saints in 2013, is a prospective unrestricted free agent. Winston would have joined the other three if he hadn’t been sidelined for the second part of the 2021 season due to an ACL tear.
Cam Newton (Auburn, 2010) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson, 2016) are in similar positions. Despite the fact that Newton is still officially a player, his playing career is unknown after a disappointing 2021 season with the Carolina Panthers. Watson, who was still with the Houston Texans at the time of publishing, didn’t play in 2021 due to continuing legal troubles, and it’s unclear when or if he’ll return.
Don’t be shocked if Montana and Namath have more competition in the future years, given the current crop of talented quarterbacks. Burrow, who can increase the club’s membership to three on Sunday night, is the starting point.
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