The presumed No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday with the first round, recently called Peyton Manning to get his idea of being a quarterback rookie, Manning said on ESPN on Sunday. Before Burrow went to the Bengals with the first choice, the LSU product wanted to learn from Manning, who went to the Colts with the first choice in 1998.
“He called me about some of the things I tried to do as a rookie that he could possibly apply to his NFL career,” said Manning. “It looks like it’s going to be for the Cincinnati Bengals. What I said to him, “Look, Joe, if you’re the first choice in the NFL draft, you’re going to see a team that won the first choice in the NFL draft. There are going to be holes. There’s a reason the Colts chose number one that year. There is a reason why the Bengals choose number one this year. “
Manning, who took over a Colts team that started a 3-13 season, then had a career in the Hall of Fame, winning five MVPs and two Super Bowls along the way. But he certainly took a few pieces in his first year under the center, throwing a record 28 record rookies in 1998.
“I launched 28 interceptions in my first year. It’s still an NFL record. If Joe wants to break this, I would agree with that, we would always be friends, “joked Manning.
The Colts beat 3-13 again this season before Manning helped overturn the franchise.
Unless there is a shock, Burrow will take on a Bengals team that went 2-14 last season and has not won a playoff game since 1990. Like Manning before him, Burrow has just finished a very university career successful in which he led LSU to a national championship. Navigating the NFL may not be as easy right away, Manning told him, but his rookie season will be important to his development.
” [Then-Colts coach] Jim Mora never pulled me out, “said Manning. “I learned a few things in the fourth quarter of these breakouts about what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, and the following year we went from 3-13 to 13-3. It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t hung up there and learned the ropes as a rookie, even if we got a few bumps and bruises.
“So that’s what I tried to encourage Joe and all the other quarterbacks … that your rookie year is not the same as your last year in college. But if you learn how fast the defensive backs are, how fast you have to get rid of the ball, understand the defenses, you can become a better player and really push it forward for the next year or two. “