Why Joe Burrow’s pee wee coach forced him to play QB – The Athletic

Generally anonymous outside of Southeast Ohio as Thursday dawned, Sam Smathers could fall asleep tonight as one of the Bengals’ most famous and beloved fans.

Ah, the influence of Joe Burrow.

Burrow, in his first Zoom media session since beating the Chiefs on Sunday to earn a berth in Super Bowl LVI, dropped the name Smathers when he said he never wanted to play quarterback. -back when he was a kid, but his former youth coach forced him into it.

“I got to my first peewee practice and the coach at the time, coach Sam Smathers – I still see him all the time when I get home – he basically asked me if I wanted to be a quarterback. -back, and I said, ‘no, not really,'” Burrow said. “But then he said, ‘Well, you’re going to be a quarterback. Pity.'”

Smathers was the first to see what the rest of the footballing world has learned since – that Burrow has the innate tools to commit an offense.

“We had a youth camp on the hill before football season and we needed a quarterback and the first week of practice I said to my assistant coach Heath Bullock, ‘I think he there’s our quarterback’ and he said, ‘Yeah, that’s him. Joe Fresh.’

“I didn’t even know his dad was a coach at (Ohio University),” Smathers added. “When I found out about him, it made sense. The footballing IQ he had at that age was impressive. He really got into the game and he remembered games.

Burrow said he had in mind he would play running back or receiver. Smathers remembered asking to play defense.

Either way, Smathers was right. Burrow was a born quarterback.

About Edward Fries

Check Also

Kids want to go to camp, but they need financial help – Press Telegram

Eight-year-old Elizabeth’s favorite activities at summer camp in the mountains last year were rock climbing, …