The NFL is the most popular sports league in the United States. Its athletes are prime physical specimens similar to real-life superheroes and produce electrifying moments. But all of the love of the game aside, fans know this is a dangerous game. The players’ bodies take a brutal toll. And despite significant efforts to curb it, many of them leave the field on stretchers after suffering horrible concussions or other injuries.
Burrow was a rare shining light for the Bengals as a rookie in 2020 but he took too many sacks. Their offensive line failed to protect him properly and an injury was inevitable. It was almost a blessing in disguise that he suffered an ACL tear rather than traumatic head damage (via Sky Sports).
The injury came against Washington as his knee buckled underneath him. He didn’t play for the rest of the season as he began his rehabilitation. But Burrow returned the following year and inspired the Bengals to a rare Super Bowl appearance. He is a brilliant player but Cincinnati must protect him better.