This likely won’t come as a surprise, but Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow showed some excellent leadership/maturity on Wednesday while meeting with reporters.
Burrow took questions on Wednesday for the first time since Cincinnati’s game against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night was postponed in the wake of Bills safety Damar Hamlin experiencing a cardiac arrest during the first quarter.
No decision has been made yet by the NFL on resuming the game or possibly declaring it a no-contest.
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On Wednesday, Burrow was asked about his thoughts on playing the game.
Burrow told reporters that he’s for doing whatever Buffalo wants to do.
“We’re kind of in the dark on that whole situation,” said Burrow. “I think that would be tough, just scheduling-wise. I think whatever Buffalo would want to do would be what we would want to do as well. We’re behind them 100 percent and support them in whatever they would decide to do going forward.”
Burrow has also made sure to speak with everyone in the Cincy locker room this week and express that he cares about them.
“You have guys that you care about that I think everyone out there was watching it and thinking that could be me, that could be any of us in this locker room,” explained Burrow. “So, one, I just wanted to make sure everyone knows in that locker room how I feel about them, make sure I tell them that, and at the same time, trying to let everyone know that we still got a game to play, we still got a job to do. We still got goals and aspirations ahead of us for the season, as tough as that is right now, but that’s where we’re at.”
This situation isn’t about Joe Burrow and the Bengals — it’s about Damar Hamlin, who, despite the sports world seemingly returning to business as usual, is still in critical condition.
Ultimately, Hamlin’s recovery is the most important thing in the NFL right now.
Still, it’s nice to see this show of leadership and compassion from Burrow. The former LSU star is mature beyond his years and his leadership is exactly what Cincinnati needs as they try to be there for the Bills and for each other as best they can.