Joe Burrow may have never won the starting job at Ohio State, but he’s still a fan favorite among many Buckeye fans. When LSU made its national championship run in 2019, the quarterback had plenty of support coming out of Columbus.

Just two years into his professional career, Burrow is finding plenty of success back in his home state. After a four-decade drought without a playoff win, the Cincinnati Bengals sit just one victory away from reaching the Super Bowl.

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A showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game is at the front of Burrow’s mind, but the Bengals’ second-year gunslinger was also asked about his time at Ohio State while speaking with reporters. He had nothing but positive things to say about his experience.

“I wouldn’t be the same player that I am today without those trials and tribulations that I went through there,” Burrow said, per Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors. “I loved my time there. I stay in contact with a lot of people from Ohio State.”

Burrow transferred out of Ohio State following the 2017 season and spent two years at LSU. He led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 2019, which resulted in the quarterback winning an SEC championship, a national title and the Heisman Trophy.

Now, just two years after leading LSU to a championship, he’s hoping to do the same with the Bengals.