Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on Wednesday randomly referenced some draft criticism that he faced three years ago. Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, it was assumed that Burrow would be the No. 1 overall pick.
But that didn’t stop draft analysts from trying to find a “flaw” with the former LSU superstar. First, there were questions about Burrow’s arm strength.
Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.
— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) February 24, 2020
Then came the biggest criticism that he faced during the pre-draft process — his hand size. Burrow’s hands measured nine inches in 2020, which led to one of the greatest tweets of all time. “Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts,” tweeted Burrow in February 2020.
The only time I think about Burrow’s hand size is during the combine each year when, inevitably, one of the top quarterback prospects has hands that measure below the NFL norm.
In 2022, that was current Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett. Part of the reason Burrow is so good is because he plays with a chip on his shoulder.
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And it’s clear that he hasn’t forgotten about the pre-draft criticism he faced nearly three-and-a-half years ago. Burrow, however, must’ve been thinking about that moment from 2020 on Wednesday because he posted an Instagram photo of himself on the practice field with the caption “Hands don’t look small here”.