CINCINNATI – Right now, it’s hard to find any player that holds more weight in the NFL world than Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.

Deebo Samuel is up there, but for the wrong reasons. There’s an argument to be made for Aaron Rodgers, but it’s iffy, as well.

Really, the only other comparable players are Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, and Tom Brady. We’re talking superstars that can’t even sneeze without the majority of the media dissecting what it meant and what it means moving forward.

It’s pretty incredible for a second-year quarterback to already be at the top of the list when it comes to NFL superstars, but that’s what happens when you have a season like Burrow did with the Bengals in 2021.

He was simply sensational as he led the Bengals to their first AFC Championship title and Super Bowl appearance in over 30 years. It wasn’t just a run that started at the right time, either. Burrow demonstrated all the tools and ability that made him a national sensation during his senior season at LSU.

Since that year in Baton Rouge, Burrow has had a different aura around him. It’s one that’s typically reserved for the best of the best and no one else.

So it shouldn’t really be a surprise that former NFL players -and coaches- are giving Burrow the ultimate compliment these days.

“You’re talking about a true champion in Joe Burrow,” former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer said in a recent interview on Colin Cowherd’s The Herd. “When you’re talking about confidence and maturity, he’s up there. I don’t like ranking guys that I’ve worked with, but in those two categories he’s up there. And I just think it’s the killer instinct. He’s just not interested in anything other than beating the other team and killing the other team. I think if this guys in the military, he’s the guy that gets to pull the trigger on the number one SEAL team at the biggest mission. That’s the guy that they give that mission to. It’s his personality, it’s how he’s always been.

“And also what I said about behaviors. This is a young [Tom] Brady in terms of his behaviors—his nutrition, his routine, his approach to the game.”

There’s a lot to be said about a Tom Brady comparison. Brady is known for prepping his body each and every day in order to handle the game of football. He’s also known for his tenacious, never-ending study and work ethic. To be mentioned in that regard is something every quarterback strives for and it’s a helluva compliment from Palmer.

Burrow has already proved he can hang on the field with the best of them. But how he approaches his craft and the game as a whole is what will keep him at the top of his game over the years to come. And he’ll only get better and better.

Which is something the rest of the NFL doesn’t want to hear. Or see, for that matter.

You can listen to the full interview with Palmer, here.

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