First, he returned from ACL and MCL tears on his left knee to lead the Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance.
Second, he continued to enjoy success even if his squad surrendered the third-most sacks during last year’s regular season.
Third, he also competes in pre-game fashion shows and possibly has the best fashion sense.
But despite those things going well for him, he identified a fiercer competitor in the National Football League.
In his recent appearance on The Volume’s Colin Cowherd Podcast, Burrow named Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt as the fiercest competitor he’s faced.
Burrow said after Cowherd asked that question, “T.J. Watt always gets after it. He’s very intense. He was not on the field for one of our games last year, and you can really feel the difference in that defense when he’s on the field. He’s such a good player. Makes plays a lot of defensive ends can’t make.”
He added, “He’s not just a pass rusher. He really understands the quarterback’s drops and when it might be a deeper pass, and he can rush the passer. And when it’s the quick game, he can stop and get his hands up.”
Steelers Struggling Without Watt
Burrow is spot-on with his observation because the Steelers have an 0-8 all-time record without the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year.
The downfall of his absence was highly manifested during the Steelers’ 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Watt has already missed four games this season after suffering a pectoral injury.
He also went through arthroscopic knee surgery for a preseason injury that may sideline him for one to two more weeks.