Burrow turns down invite to Senior Bowl

Field Level Media

January 18, 2020 at 4:33 pm.

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, fresh off LSU’s national championship win, will skip playing in next week’s Senior Bowl, confirmed Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy on Saturday.

“Had a great talk with @LSUfootball QB Joe Burrow last night and he decided to forgo the @seniorbowl to spend time with family,” wrote Nagy in a social media post. “Our staff completely respects his decision and wish Joe nothing but the best. Some NFL team and city are getting a special player, person, and leader.”

Burrow was reportedly considering playing in the all-star college football exhibition game, set for Saturday in Mobile, Ala., given that the Cincinnati Bengals are set to coach the South team in the game. The Bengals hold the first pick in April’s NFL draft and Burrow is expected to go No. 1.

The 23-year-old Burrow passed for five touchdowns and ran in one to lead No. 1 LSU past No. 3 Clemson 42-25 in New Orleans on Jan. 13, leading the Tigers to a 15-0 season and their first national title since 2007. He finished the season with NCAA records of 60 touchdown passes and 65 touchdowns accounted for, breaking the marks of 58 and 63, respectively, set by Hawaii’s Colt Brennan in 2006.