CINCINNATI — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer recruited Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to Ohio State, back when Meyer was the Buckeyes coach in 2015.
Burrow told reporters early in his Ohio State career, Meyer would test him, saying he looked like a Division II quarterback or he couldn’t throw. At the time, Burrow didn’t understand Meyer’s approach. Eventually, he figured it out. Meyer was trying to see if he could trust Burrow.
“When he gets a new player, he tries to put them in a very intense situation to see how they respond, to see if he can trust that player,” Burrow said.
Burrow credits Meyer for helping him block out the noise and look forward.
“It made me a much better player and a better person and able to handle weeks like this, when I throw three interceptions and we lose the game,” Burrow said Sept. 15. “I think we’re going to bounce back in a big way, and [Meyer is] really one who pushed me to grow in that way.”
The two reunited on the field Thursday night before the Jaguars’ game at the Bengals.
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