Joe Burrow just won the Heisman Trophy. Thereby, Burrow proved that nice guys can, and do, finish first.
In his epic, record setting season and his emotional and heartwarming acceptance speech, Joe Burrow proved and pronounced three things;
First, you can beat the odds.
Second, you can rise from obscurity; and
Third, nice guys don’t have to finish last.
Burrow beat the odds. No one, and I mean NO ONE, had Joe Burrow as a Heisman Trophy finalist at the beginning of the 2019 season, much less the runaway winner. But Burrow led “LSU’s passing game that finished No. 116 in 2014, No. 106 in 2015, No. 101 in 2016, No. 84 in 2017 and No. 67 in 2018 sprang to No. 2 in 2019, largely through the mastery Burrow left strewn across storied American fields such as Texas, Alabama and Atlanta (against Georgia in the SEC championship game). Receiving yards went lavished on brilliant wideouts such as Ja’Marr Chase (1,498), Justin Jefferson (1,207) and Terrace Marshall Jr. (545).” ESPN
Burrow rose from the obscurity of Athens, Ohio, an impoverished rural county, to the national stage of instant stardom. Burrow was a backup quarterback at Ohio State, and then transferred to LSU, and now he’s the Heisman Trophy winner on the No. 1 Team in the nation favored to win the college national championship. Burrow led LSU “from 2,894 passing yards in 13 games in 2018, then ascended to 4,715 in 13 games so far in 2019. He threw 48 touchdown passes against six interceptions.” Incredible.
Talk about a rags to riches, Cinderella, Rocky Balboa story.
So we say congratulations to Joe Burrow. Thanks for reminding us that nice guys can indeed finish first.
PS: Now watch Burrows Heisman Trophy acceptance speech and try to hold it together. I dare you not to shed a tear.